My Joshua is a load lifter. I know he learned it from watching his dad. But somehow...along the way...He has taken it to new levels. When I come home from grocery shopping...he runs towards me to grab my bags for me. When he sees me picking up around the house, he stops what he is doing and comes to me (often taking the item from my hand so that he can put it away for me). When we shop at walmart together, he pushes the cart for me. When he knows I have people coming over in the evening, he comes home from school and immediately starts cleaning. He unloads the dishes from the dishwasher on his own and he often says "mom, how can I help". His response when I ask him to help isn't just ok. It's "sure mom, I'd love to help you". There are no other words that explain it better. He's simply a load lifter. He is happiest in life when he is lightening my load. And that simply blows my mind.
I think that is what true service is. It is all about lifting loads from others around us. It is working to lighten the load of those God places in our path. It is being happy and content simply because we are load lifters. If I put all the cards on the table, I am a lousy load lifter. Sure...sometimes I do things for others to help. Sometimes I volunteer to serve and sometimes I even organize the process. But I do it because I know I should. I do it out of "oughtness" way too many times. I wish that I was more like my Joshua. I wish that I looked at those around me and ran to them to lift their load. I wish that my heart and soul found purpose and joy from lightening the burdens in their lives. I wish that my selfishness didn't hold me back from becoming the load lifter that God desires.
Jesus was the ultimate "Load Lifter". When he died on the cross, He took the load of my sin and my punishment of death on Himself so that I didn't have to bear it. Because of that I have hope, purpose, peace and life itself for eternity. I think lifting loads points people to Jesus. It's not normal for people to have others come alongside them and share their burdens. They will soon ask questions and they will soon recognize that Jesus is the reason. And hopefully they will soon recognize what He offers them personally. And that is our purpose isn't it? As we are going...being examples of Jesus to those around us. Loving people enough to lift their load and speak Jesus into their lives. My family needs that...Washburn University needs that...Topeka needs that...This country needs that and so does this world. Praying today for one more load lifter in the Freerksen home!