Dennis Peacocke, CEO of Gostrategic.org, is a sage to me. The economy and power of his writing and speaking never fails to reach me. The following message is from his 2020 New Year newsletter, The Bottom Line.
He is discussing St. Paul’s brutally honest reality that “each one shall bear his own load.” But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:4-5.
The major challenges are three-fold:
1. What if I don’t want to face this reality of ultimate personal responsibility for my life?
2. What if I somehow agree to attempt to manage my life but don’t feel I have any wise ability to do so?
3. What if I am carrying my own load but life makes it too uncertain to do so wisely?
Answering any of these questions fully and adequately in a newsletter or a blog post is absurd indeed, so let’s go for some observations:
1. There is no running from self, the reality of life and death, and the law of consequences; thoughts and actions produce results based upon them.
2. In our human weakness, none of us want to grow up; we do so only when forced by God, others, or our circumstances.
3. Life is full of a lot more trouble than available, wise teachers to shepherd us through them. If you have found wise, consistent help, you are unbelievably blessed and, likewise, now responsible to become that “wise person” to others who genuinely want truth from you!
4. Life is full of “patterns”; recognizing them is a clear sign that “carrying your own burden” is actually beginning to work for you. When you learn how to use those patterns, you are once again blessed of God and responsible to pass them on.
5. Knowing and acting on your limitations and tendencies puts you in a very limited group within humanity. Once again, thank God, and don’t let go of this gift.