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ImageDEVOTIONAL:             Lifters                                             

Are ya feelin’ down?  Need a little “pick-me-up”?  Trying to recover from the recent flu outbreak?  Or have you experienced a loss lately?  Well, join the club, my friend. And welcome to my world.  My mom recently passed away; congestive heart failure.  It’s been an exhausting four weeks.  Needed much rest and took a break from hula.  Thank you for everyone’s prayers and sympathies.  You lifted me up.

We would never know how much it helps to have ohana, extended family and friends caring about us, checking up on us, carrying our heavy load, heavy hearts until it happens to us. I don’t know how others do it without God, without a support system, a church family, a ministry network to put their arms around you and let you lean your head on their shoulders.

Just fitting and God’s providence that a message from a church service would be entitled “Lifters” in a series called “The Life of A Servant”.  Galatians 6:1-5

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ  3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,for each one should carry their own load.

The preacher goes on to explain… Carry each other’s burden, as Jesus did.  (He carried the cross for our sins.)  Mind your own business.  Don’t judge others.  In John 21:21, Peter asks Jesus ~ “What about him (John)?”  

We too always try to point to someone else, but we don’t have anything to do with other people’s business UNLESS we are helping with their business.

Instead of complainers, we should be solution-minded.  The preacher was recently in a city council meeting.  He told his associate pastors who were with him that he did not want the church to be seen as downers.  Instead they should be lifters.  So when the council asked for help, the church volunteered to alleviate and solve problems and meet needs.

The preacher also wanted to clarify that in Galatians 6:1-5, there seems to be two contradicting principles: “Carry each other’s burden” and “..for each one should carry their own load.” What this meant was that we should carry our own burden AND also carry other people’s burden.  The beauty of this is that when you are lifting other people’s burden, you are actually lifting from your own burden.

Relieving pressure comes from serving and helping others. Releasing makes us happy. When our “baggage” is minimal and we travel light, we are happy; we don’t have to check in our luggage then wait for it on the conveyor belt. When a bodybuilder lifts 400 pounds of steel weights, he is very happy.  When our palm is up, we’re only takers.  When our palm is down, we’re servants.  When we elevate Jesus, everyone is elevated. Carry each other’s burden, as Jesus did.  Be LIFTERS =)




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