Theme: Responsibility with no shortcuts.
1. Galatians 6:5 talks about carry a load. Have you ever felt overwhelmed with a responsibility? Why did you feel that way? Did you ask for help?
2. We need money in this world to survive. But how much money do we need? What are we willing to do to get it? 1 Timothy 6:9-10 warns that if you are too eager for money, you can trick yourself into all kinds of bad decisions. As you listen this episode, think if you have ever made a bad decision because you wanted something badly.
“We each must carry our own load.”
In Galatians Paul wrote two things that don’t seem to fit together. He wrote, “Carry each other’s burdens,” (Galatians 6:2) and “We each must carry our own load.” (Galatians 6:5). What is the difference between a burden and a load?
A load is a weight to be carried. But a burden is a weight that can only be carried with a great deal of difficulty. Paul says that each of us has our own “load” that we are responsible to carry. But sometimes, life gives us a heavy “burden” that friends can help carry. Have you ever helped someone with something you knew they could do themselves? Maybe it didn’t feel good to help them and you felt they were using you to do their work. When you are asked to help someone, and it doesn’t feel good to help, you may be crossing the line between “carry each other’s burdens” and “We must carry our own load.” If you find yourself in this situation, you can ask, “burden or load?” If the answer is load, the response is no, you don’t need to help unless you want to. If the answer is burden, jump in to help all you can!
Take this quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a burden and a load. Answer each question with the word “burden” or “load” and then explain how you got your answer. (The answers are below)