I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see how
beneficial it is when a burden is shared. We can’t do everything on our
own and the sooner we realize that the quicker we will triumph over the
obstacles in our path.

PILLARS ON YOUR PORCH

You may have heard writer Elizabeth Foley’s insightful words: “Friends in
your life are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up and
sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re
standing by.” It’s true. The difficulties of life are easier to manage
with friends.

In the book Schindler’s Legacy, authors Elinor J. Brecher and Jill Freedman
interview some of the people saved by the Nazi Oscar Schindler. One
survivor says this about the sufferings of her life: “I survived Auschwitz
and all the atrocities of the war. But the most difficult thing I ever
had to face was losing my 39-year-old daughter to cancer.”

The army of modern medicine could not save her daughter. This woman went
through the war and concentration camp experience with people; she suffered
alongside of them. But she fought this other terrible battle alone.

We are all survivors! In some way we have each encountered something
potentially devastating, and we overcame. And the overcoming of it was
easier with the companionship of others.

Isn’t it true that very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts? And for
some reason they seem lighter when we just know that, though others may
not be lifting, they are standing by.

If you’re trying to lift a burden alone, this may be a good time to reach
out. Others may be waiting to help lift. Or, like porch pillars, they may
at least be there to lean on.

By Steve Goodier

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