Today’s Scripture: And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them. 2¬†Chronicles¬†2:2

When we go on a mission trip to India or the Philippines, we all carry our own luggage, but we also try to carry other people’s luggage if they need us to.

There are some people who do more than their share, but there are others who take as little of the burden as they can. I call them “Dodger Christians” because they can dodge work faster than anyone you have ever seen. If they see there is work to be done, they will automatically dodge behind a post so that no one will call their name out.

There are also those Christians who are continually volunteering in church. They want to be kept busy working for God and are a delight to be around. They want to do their share in helping to carry the load.

Ever since the Garden of Eden, we have all had to bear burdens in order to get anything done. Look at Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Did you ever bear someone else’s burden? Did you ever pick up someone else’s suitcase when they were having trouble? Did you ever go to the door and open it for some poor mother trying to carry in two children plus diaper bags and all the other paraphernalia that comes with babies?

Are you so wrapped with your own burdens that you don’t notice that other people have them? Take a minute today and bear someone else’s burden for a while. It will do you good when your own burdens become heavy. Look around for someone in need.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder