HELP!!!… someone

heavyload

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.” (Galatians 6:1–6, NIV)

The New Living Translation says it like this:

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:1–5, NLT)

The Lord Jesus said the whole law could be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbor Matt. 22:37-40.

James calls it the “Royal Law” James 2:8 So if you are walking in the Spirit of Christ this will be the prominent characteristic of your life and nature. An interesting Greek word is used by Paul here, a Greek term which means “an extremely heavy and unbearable load, one person alone can’t carry” There are many “Loads or Burdens” people carry along life’s path. Some are just too much for them to handle alone; wether they admit it or not… It could be something as simple as a physical need for help; but this passage goes much deeper in suggesting a spiritual burden like guilt over some sinful weakness or huge mistake. They need help. We as Christ’s representatives, if we are walking in the Spirit should recognize this and in the Sprit of Love offer whatever help we can give. This is not a command per say as much as it is something that we should “want to do” if The Holy Spirit is living within us. Our helping them carry this burden could be as simple as just being there to talk and pray with them as long as it takes to lighten their load. In this way we will be making the world a happier place as we encourage each other in these things. And maybe even expand the Kingdom of God a little more by bringing our straying or weak neighbors by the Spirit that lives in us. As we are reminded here, none of us should think we are above helping a fallen fellowman because “we” have gotten passed whatever it may be; this “holier than thou” attitude has no place in Christianity; if someone has it, they are not nearly what they think they are and are likely the next candidate for a fall. Then they will need help. As the old saying goes “what goes around comes around” So true.

Note:

Verse 6 is not a contradiction of verse 2, it is simply saying that we should not carry the whole load for them; but ‘help’ them carry it as they do their part… or, you can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves…

Peace,

Daniel W Isrite

Finally, A Nice Day at The RV Park!

Nice Day RV Park
I woke up this morning before daylight, went back to sleep until light coming through the bedroom RV window awoke me. I looked out to see what kind of day it was and if the lake was receding any. It does seem to be going down some

RV Park 1I got up went to the bathroom, got my coffee water started in the microwave, got Yogi and Rascal out of bed and put them on the kitchen table bench, took my medicine and sat down and peered out the picture window while I had a few drinks of coffee.

In a few minuets after I got myself going enough I took the boys out for a morning peepee, just a short time at first in the morning. The cool but not too cool breeze was nice. Brilliant sunshine filtering through the trees gave me the feeling that this was going to be a good day!

For
“He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.

(1 Peter 3:10 NKJV)

I came back in and sat down at the table and talked to The Lord a while and then opened my bible and read from proverbs then psalms which lead me over to Matthew and a topic search in my Thompson KJV Large Print (Small print doesn’t work well for me anymore) on the importance of words. Another way to put it is guarding what comes out of our mouths. The good and the bad words, warning about negative or hurtful words mostly. I think the point was that the bad things we say about others end up hurting us more than the one’s they are directed at. It just occurred to me that the bible must have a lot more to say in warning about negative speach than the positive benefits of speaking good words.

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned

(Matthew 12:34-37 KJV)

I suppose these frequent warnings are because of God’s protective nature towards His children. Like us, if we can’t get our kids to do things that benefit them we try to at least keep them from doing things that will hurt them. God isn’t so mean as people suppose Him to be, just protective of His children. We like children rebel against his advice many times thinking He is only wanting to spoil our party or just won’t let us have any fun; sound familiar? That’s why Jesus introduced us to God as “Father” so we would get an idea of how He thinks and operates, the reason behind the commandments, He loves us.

boys looking water RV park

It rained for four days when we first got here at this park. The lake kept coming up until the park ranger came and told me we would have to move to higher ground. They were going to shut off the electric to the site I was on and it may even get overrun with water. I’m looking down from this site now on the site I was on and it did almost get covered over. The road going around the park on that end is under water right now.

 

 

looking down on site where I was

 

 

 

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Today is gorgeous! It’s been worth the wait even if I only enjoy this for today. It is so beautiful looking out the RV windows across the woods and the lake. The other campers out here are very quiet; all I can hear right now is the gentle rustle of the breeze blowing through the green leaves glittering with silver light. A bird chirps its song now and then and the distant sound of children’s laughter. There is something calming to me about hearing the sound of children playing in the distance.

Home away from home!

Home away from home!

boys looking out across the back of the RV Park

boys looking out across the back of the RV Park

The boys, my fur babies as I refer to them, and I went for a slow stroll around the park about mid morning. We stopped and talked to a couple of people just briefly. The boys barked their hellos, especially at one site where the couple had another Maltese. They know they are special and don’t think any others like them should be in their territory. The little one is a little fire cracker and thinks he rules the world and can tackle anything from German Shepherds to Doberman Pinschers.

 

My mother had me worried this morning for a while. I couldn’t get her to answer the phone till about 11:00 am. All was well though, she was just sleeping late. I have to keep a close eye on her any way I can even when I am away. She is in her 80s and has crippling arthritis and getting Alzheimer’s in early stages. I stay with her often and help her as much as I can. My own thinking isn’t so clear anymore since my life is split up in so many pieces, from home to moms to going out in the RV just to get away for a while to clear my thoughts. Although, I seem to always have a gnawing feeling of guilt in my guts that I am being selfish. I try to tell myself it’s not reasonable and I do deserve to get away now and then but another voice from somewhere says“ No you don’t, you’re a selfish person and you know you should be somewhere else, at home doing things or taking care of your mother”. I can’t seem to kick it, although I do not believe it is right. I have many health issues of my own that I am struggling with as well which doesn’t make it any easier. As a matter of fact it makes nearly everything I do painful or more difficult than what used to be normal. Normal, that’s only a faint memory of the way things used to be way back in what seems now to be another world entirely. We find ourselves sometimes somewhere and we are not sure how we got there. This is why I hang on so dearly to my God; He is the only lasting stability that has stuck with me through these years. Yes, unchanging, ever-present, always knowing and understanding me as He loves me through my life. I don’t know what I would do without my faith in my God and Father, my Lord Jesus Christ and His precious Spirit and Holy Word. I would probably have imploded by now I’m sure.

It’s about time to take my two little bosses out again, so I guess I’ll have to go for now.

Peace,
Daniel W Isrite