It’s a day I’ll never forget. One of my brothers and I set out to conquer two “14ers” (14,000+ foot mountains) in Colorado’s Rockies. Our guide that day was our Uncle Jim – a native to the area, and an avid climber.
Being Kansas born and raised, I found the altitudes in Colorado overwhelming. In fact, at about the half-way point, the altitude and the weight of my backpack got the better of me. I was DONE. I literally didn’t think I could take another step. I didn’t care if I made it to the top, or if cougars ate me for lunch! I told the others to go ahead; they could just pick me up on their way back down.
But, then a remarkable thing happened. My brother sat down and told me he wasn’t leaving me there. Instead, we ate a quick snack and then he said, “Let me carry that for awhile.” Before I could argue, he slipped my backpack on top of his, and for the next hour carried the load that had proven too much for me. Shortly thereafter, the three of us signed our names to the list of hikers who had conquered each peak.
However, I would not have made it unless someone had lightened my load along the way. Equally true is that as my brother helped me to the top of the mountain, he was there too! You see, we both won that day, and I believe the same is true today as well. When we help someone reach the top of the mountain they’re climbing, we get to enjoy the view with them!
Who do you know that needs help carrying their burden today? Why not give them a hand – you may get to enjoy a beautiful view too! –Dave
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
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