Weekly Prayer Project-Week 23: Burden Bearer

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You Guyyyyyyys!! I missed you yesterday. I couldn’t post because I was training someone at work and the formatting is off on my laptop, which is what I have at home. This particular post should’ve been posted last week but I didn’t have time to fully commit to it, so I am a week behind.

First we need to define intercession so that we can understand how to properly carry the burdens of others. Intercession is prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of another. I think sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to live this “idea” of Christianity opposed to doing the research, finding out what God said and living what we’ve read. We can sometimes overthink and make things super deep and complicated because we think we have to be perfect before we can intercede for others but that’s not so. If we are unable to handle our own issues, it doesn’t mean that we are unable to be a burden bearer for others; however, my suggestion is that come to a place where we are able to confront, assess and/or do something about it in light of God’s word. This is key so that our point of view isn’t clouded while trying assist others.

I think that’s super important to mention because we do a disservice to ourselves and others when we disqualify anyone for not being perfect while helping others. We live in an imperfect world, a world where things are often going on and maybe even all the way wrong and if we stopped caring for others because we aren’t together, then there’s no other way to say it but to say that…it would be selfish. At the end of the day, we are called to be a kingdom of priests and priests interceed knowing that when we place the kingdom’s needs in front of our own, our needs are taken care of supernaturally. (Matthew 6:33) Just for clarification, a priest isn’t what we’ve seen in the news molesting little boys, nor is it someone who has to dress up in robes. I know it seems kinda wild that I have to say that but the “church” has taken hits. I cannot judge these men but what I can say is that as an Intessor it should be an honor to be trusted to stand between heaven and hell for someone and to be able to reconcile them back to the Father.As a priest, I should be mature enough  to put my own issues on the backburner when it comes to those in need. It doesn’t mean I’m perfect, it means that I have to rely on the grace and mercy of God just like everyone else and despite whatever might be going on with me, I live to serve you.

When people tend to think you have everything under control they look for you to carry their load and to some extent I agree but there is a thin line of carrying you until you can walk and a complete difference of someone relying on you to do the work for them. No one’s full reliance should lie with us because we should always be giving their burdens and own to God, the only one who can truly handle them; We can ease them but He deals with it once and for all.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ -Galatians 6:2

So when I take time to hear someone out, have compassion and empathize with them, I fulfill the law of Christ. So you might be wondering, “What exactly is ‘The law of Christ?'” At first mention, you might think of the Ten Commandments but it’s not; or should I say, it’s not only that, but it is inclusive. Matthew 22:36-38, states, “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” The greatest commandment is love and when your intention is set on love we fulfill Christ’s mission. 

There was an article I read (check it out here) that is so on point with this topic and in it the author brings up the fact that while helping others we can become lifted in pride. Pride something that we have to be careful about because it’s so easy to slip into it and because of that, we must always remember to remain humble, compassionate without allowing their issues to weigh us down. The answer is to lay it at the feet of Jesus, our stance is love.

This message is also super important due to the huge loss the world felt last week. We were stunned with the news of the suicide deaths of two icons, Kate Spade and Anthony Borudain. I think what’s baffled people most is that they were rich and famous so people don’t understand why they would go to such lengths. It goes to show that riches, travel and fame can’t fix emotional and mental scars. I feel like people think that if people don’t have their issues then life shouldn’t be hard but everyone has their own pitfalls. We need to be more sensitive to that. Money and fame are a byproduct they are not the destination. They don’t make you successful. When will we learn that healthy relationships, connection to the Most High, being reliable, having good energy, love in our hearts, smiles on our faces, treating people well and personal and external peace make us successful?

It’s truly sad that people feel so helpless, isolated and in so much pain that they would resort to take their own lives. I was gonna sugar coat this next statement but we need to hear it…We’ve failed these people. What do their deaths and other nameless people’s deaths say about the state of society? It says that we are careless, that we are so unbothered and so focused on securing the bag that we cheapen connection. It really saddens me that our job is to love and yet people are surprised when you are nice to them. It saddens me that people seem to only care when it benefits them.

I’m gonna end this post here but please be kind to one another. Please know, if you ever need to talk I’m here.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

 Beebz ❤

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