Do Life Together

Do Life Together

Have you ever needed something, but were too afraid to ask a family member or friend for it? Maybe you needed money to pay a bill or to buy groceries? Or you wanted someone to come alongside you to bring you comfort and support while grieving the loss of a loved one? Perhaps it was something as simple as asking a friend to hang out because you just had a craving for the joy that can be found in fellowship.

Perhaps it was you that wasn’t doing the asking, but you were the one giving. Didn’t you feel privileged that someone actually came and asked you? It’s such a joy to help, to give, and to just be there when someone you care for is in need, whatever it may be.

For so it says in the book of Galatians:
“Share one another’s burdens, so that you might fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2

We were designed and created to do life together. We are meant to be vulnerable with each other and let others in to help us along the way.

In African tribes, mothers all work together and help take care of each other’s babies, while helping each other prepare all the meals (and clean up) for the tribe. For me, taking care of my baby, preparing nourishing meals, and keeping our home would be a huge struggle to do all on my own. That’s because our loving Father’s heart originally designed life so we would do it together.

Life becomes so much more enjoyable, richer, and doable when we are doing life with each other. When we know that we have a community of people we can reach out to without hesitation when things get hard. About five years ago, I flew up to Minnesota to help my dad move. Now there were plenty of things to move and to throw away and was not really realistic that my dad and I could do it by ourselves. So, I went to the local House of Prayer, introduced myself, and explained our situation. I didn’t know any one of them—nor did my dad— but the very next day, about 15-20 people showed up and helped us move until it was all done. At the end, there were five young men left and they gathered around my dad, prayed prayers of blessing and prosperity, and that He would know the love God has for him.

We were teary-eyed. These were strangers to us. They didn’t know us; we didn’t know them, but being friends of God, they heard our need and answered it. These young men shared our burden and the law of Christ was fulfilled that day.

With that, I encourage you all to share in each other’s burdens. In giving and in receiving, let your love abound.

  • Matthew
    Posted at 16:06h, 10 January Reply

    Niki, this is encouraging–and not just because you’re writing some really good stuff–but also because you live it every day. The way you care for family, staff, volunteers, and patients is a great example of love and inspires me to reach out more. Thanks for being a good example to me and to everyone around you.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 15:43h, 20 January Reply

    Thanks for this reminder that we need to be willing to share our needs with others. That takes trust, vulnerability and humility. Niki, you have challenged me to put this word into action!

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