Carry One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2 – “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Throughout our lives, we inevitably encounter challenges too heavy for us to carry. When we do, we need help. These burdens can take many forms: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual…But all these burdens have one thing in common – they should not be borne alone.

The word used in Galatians 6:2 for “burden” is baros, which describes an overwhelming load, a burden so heavy that it is crushing the back of the person who is trying to bear it. Indeed, all of us have our peculiar, personal struggles in life that we may need to bear ourselves (along with some generous doses of encouragement). But when our burden is too large to bear alone, we need help.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Katya Slepak carried donated supplies to her cousins’ home in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island. (Photo Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Hurricane Sandy has devastated the lives of so many people in the New York area these past two weeks, and I am so inspired to see and read the stories of those that are carrying the burdens of others in the midst of this tragedy. Whether it be caring locals, Red Cross volunteers, or National Guard – a great many are carrying out this command from Christ to come alongside those devastated by the storm.

But not all of us can personally go to volunteer in New York... We have our own communities where we can carry the burdens of others. Is there someone in your life that is carrying a burden too big for him or her to bear? Should you come alongside that person? What if it inconveniences you, taxes your resources, involves menial tasks?

Written by Don McMinn, Ph.D. ( — November 12, 2012

60 Years

Don, age 3
This book has been 60 years in the making.  I mean that quite literally as I type this first post today, on my 60th birthday!  After serving in full-time ministry for 40 years, loving my wife through 35 years of marriage and having raised two grown daughters, I've come to realize that there really isn't anything more important in life than loving others.  It is our highest calling and our biggest challenge.  It's a challenge because it requires us to refocus our attention from self to others, but it's also rewarding because we partner with God in His divine obsession. "for God so loved the world..."

Yet, while we all know what to do - love others - we don't always understand how to do it.  Our good intentions often strain to bridge the "knowing-doing" behavior gap and we fall short of our purpose.  But through the Bible, God has shown us a number practical ways to love others - I call them the "One Anothers" of scripture.  The study of these "One Anothers" has literally changed my life, helping me to love others more like Jesus did.  I've written this book because I want to share the hope that this message has been to me and it's my greatest desire that they'll do the same for you. - Don McMinn

Written by Don McMinn ( — November 01, 2012

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