My office is a cave.  Not really, but I do keep it a little dark.  I prefer to use a lamp rather than the overhead lights.  I even keep my blinds closed.  That is until a few weeks ago when Jovanie walked in with that bright smile, opened my blinds and said I needed to, “Let the sunshine in, YAAAAAAASSSS!” Then she sat down and we talked about life’s joys and struggles.

One of the things I love about JoJo is the way she brightens the day of others around her, literally and figuratively.  She listens, cares, and encourages.  Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” When the Amalekites attacked the Israelites, Moses took Aaron and Hur to the top of a hill overlooking the battlefield.  As long as Moses held the staff of God above his head, the Israelites were winning.  As he got tired, his hands started to drop, and the Israelites would start losing.  Aaron and Hur got on each side of Moses and held his arms up for him and the Israelites won the battle. 

Do you have folks in your life that hold you up?  Can you think of those who regularly carry your burdens?  I bet you can.  If not, you may want to be more selective in who you spend your time with.  Living life, especially these days, is hard and it’s important to have people in your corner.  People that uplift, encourage and speak life into you. 

If someone popped into your mind, go tell them how much you appreciate them.  Write a little note or give them a hug and let them know the difference they’ve made.  Also, be willing to carry the burdens of others.  If everyone is looking out for everyone else, the weight of this fallen world is much more manageable.