Friday, January 23, 2015

Share the Load

This is a recent Five Minute Friday post that I'm now linking up with Kelly Balarie's #RaRaLinkup. I pray that you will be encouraged as you read it.

What does it mean to share? Does it mean to give part of what you own to others because you are told you have to? Is it giving sacrificially?


Is sharing something we do WITH each other? Do we share to help and support one another? Why is it so hard sometimes to share?

God shared so much for us when Jesus took the penalty for our sins. Because of that we can be forgiven, we can be free no matter what we have said or done. Yes, there may be consequences for our actions, but we can lose the guilt and be free because we are forgiven.

If we who know God have been given so much, then shouldn't we be more willing to give freely to others? Sharing our lives with others will often encourage them. If we share the burdens of others, we have a part in upholding each other.

My five minutes are up, but I'm not quite finished. When I thought of the word “share” I was drawn to the words of a song written and recorded by my daughter, Jamie Wright Bagley. The song is entitled “A Searching Soul.” She asks questions like, “Why do we seem such worlds apart from each other?” and “Why is it so hard for me to touch your soul?” and “Why do we carry our burdens alone?”

She encourages us to come out of our shells, tell our stories, share our dreams and to work alongside each other, reminding us that our time here on earth is short. She says, “Let's face reality. We can't afford formality...” 

Please take time to listen to “A Searching Soul” on Jamie's website. May it speak to all of us. May we be willing to open our hearts and hands to reach out to each other. If we share our stories we may be surprised at how many people will be blessed and encouraged because of our words.

While you are there take some time to enjoy some of her other songs and take a look around. You'll be glad you did.

Don't forget to stop in at Kate's place for other Five Minute Friday writings!

I'm also linking this up with Kelly Balarie's #RaRaLinkup!

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