Luke 5:18 — Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus (NIV).

In Luke 5, we can read the story of four men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus. The paralytic no doubt wanted to see Jesus, but he was unable to get to Him on his own. His friends carried him up onto the roof of the house Jesus was in and lowered him down. Those four men represent the fourth group of people hiking on the trail of life. They are the carriers.

Everyone has a load that he or she is responsible to carry. Your load is your daily toil. It’s the workload that each of us is responsible for, and it’s wrong for you to expect anyone else to carry your load for you. In fact, it’s unbiblical for someone to do so (Galatians 6:5). Personal responsibilities should not be delegated.

Paul instructed us in Galatians 6:2 to carry each other’s burdens. God’s plan will be burdensome at times for everyone, but that’s why He’s given us each other. When stress, worry, and affliction become too much for a person to handle on his own, we should be quick to help carry him forward.

After hiking down the path to the Lower Falls in Yellowstone, Jack (age six at the time) was not able to handle the trip back up. So I picked him up and carried him 3/8 of a mile up 600 feet to the trail end. Jack was not a lounger. He didn’t want to stay at the railing and watch the waterfall for the rest of his life, but he wasn’t able to get back up the trail on his own. He needed someone to carry him. I’m thankful I was strong enough to do so.

Everyone has the ability to be a stalwart or a carrier, but I also believe everyone goes through times as a trailheader or lounger. Sometimes you may need to be carried, and other times you need to carry someone else. The truth is we are all on the trail together. I challenge you to do your best to finish and to help others finish as well. Have a great day!

Galatians 6:2 — Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (NIV).

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