Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We need each other.”
As we continue to consider our theme of “personal responsibility”, we need to think about the responsibility we have to maintain healthy relationships. The truth is that we all need other people in our lives. Nobody makes it through life alone. And the more close relationships we have, the better the quality of our life will be.
In 1969 a hit song was released by the rock and roll band “The Hollies” which beautifully reflects the truth expressed by the Apostle Paul 1900 in Galatians 6:2. The title of the song was “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother”. It goes like this:
The road is long
with many a winding turn,
that leads us to who knows where,
who knows where.
But I’m strong,
strong enough to carry him.
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
So on we go,
his welfare is of my concern,
no burden is he to bear
We’ll get there …
We need each other. At times I’ll be strong and I’ll help you, and at other times you will be strong and you will help me. That’s what happens when we’ve taken the time to develop and maintain close relationships.
But here’s the thing: Having close and healthy relationships in your life is your responsibility. There’s an old saying that goes, “In order to have a friend you have to be a friend.” You have to make an effort to cultivate close relationships with people.
Good friends and close relationships enrich our lives. I encourage you to make as many friends as you can, and then do the work to nurture those relationships and keep them healthy.