Monday, April 29, 2013

Sharing the Load

I have supported KUHF, the local public radio station, since 1986. This is part of Christine and my regular giving. The station us currently going through an 8 day (twice a year) solicitation campaign to raise new pledges/donors. I was surprised to hear that only 8% of the listeners give all of the support. In other words, 92% get the perks but not the drawbacks. I am sure a few do not have the resources, but I suspect most do.

This got me to thinking.

If those who let others carry the freight would pony up support, we could have 14 or so of our days of broadcasting back without the beg-a-thon (necessary, but not very lovable.) 

What would the world be like if we had a tenfold increase in our investment and presence in marriage or church or PTO or the poor? I suspect it would be more like what God had envisioned.

Where are you the 8% in your life – supporting others, and maybe, a bit resentful? Where are you the 92% - being carried by others, and maybe, burning them out as a result? What do you think God thinks about that? What will you do? Ask God to heal you.

What more would God do through us? Might we not be living in something much more like Paradise?

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: "Those unwilling to work will not get to eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NLT)

Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NLT)

The most powerful person is he who is able to do least himself and burden others most with the things for which he lends his name and pockets the credit.
Theodor Adorno

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
Charles Dickens

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
Thomas a Kempis

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