Carry Your Own Load to Love Others

It’s an expression of love when we carry our own load. This means when we have a responsibility to do something, people can count on us to get it done.

When we carry our own load and live up to our responsibilities, it creates maturity, stability, and a healthy environment in which the people around us can thrive.

Say No to Shirking

There are areas in our lives that we tend to avoid because they’re difficult or require extra effort. These areas we tend to neglect could be in our marriage, family, career, finances – even our faith.

It’s important to relax and enjoy time off when we can get it, but we shouldn’t allow that to move into shirking our responsibilities when the break or vacation is over.

Like John Maxwell says, “If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.”

How Can We Help Kids See Answers to Prayer?

As we pray with our kids and they’re getting older, we transition from mere thankfulness to the concept of being cooperative with God.

Think of it this way: the first half of things we ask of God can be answered by gifts He’s already given us – a body, a mind, the earth, the capacity to work, etc. The second half is God doing things for us that we cannot do for ourselves. We cooperate with God to answer prayers; we both do our part.

Our Holy Responsibility

Our Holy Responsibility:

Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.

– Theodore Roosevelt

In essence, our Holy Responsibility is seeing and seizing God-ordained circumstances based on what God has equipped us to do. Think of every circumstance you face as God’s gift to you. What you do with these circumstances is your gift to God. It’s your Holy Responsibility.

Sometime we need to come to the realization that there are circumstances in our lives where God has already equipped us and is just waiting for us to pick a fight!

The God Who Answers Prayer

Scripture: Nehemiah 1-5

If you want to make a difference bigger than you, you will face problems bigger than you.

Nehemiah teaches us the who, when, and how of prayer:

  • Who: Where you have responsibility you pray differently.
  • When: Make prayer a first response not a last resort.
  • How: Prayer is a reaction to the greatness of God.