In Order Not To Be A Burden To Anyone
1 Thessalonians 2:9 “Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.”
Apostle Paul and other workers of the church were explaining to the Thessalonians how much effort they had put to prove that they are genuine preachers. While they deserved support from the church, they worked hard to support themselves. In order not to be a burden to anyone.
People are generally polite and would hardly tell you to your face that you are a burden to them. But deep within they are irritated by you and resentment develops. We need to strive to ensure that we are not a burden to anyone.
Even when it is your right to be served, it makes good sense to avoid sitting back as a Boss and letting others serve you as a king. Try and assist. No one really enjoys looking like your slave. No one enjoys looking inferior to you. No one enjoys taking orders from you. Put some effort, in order not to be a burden to anyone.
If someone has given you a listening ear, don’t crowd their lives with yourself. If someone is willing to sponsor your studies, don’t make so many other demands. Don’t make people regret giving you their phone number and email and other contacts. While people allow us to access them privately, put a limit to yourself and do many other things for yourself, in order not to be a burden to anyone.
When you become a burden, demanding too much from others and crowding them with your expectations, you lose that relationship and it’s purpose. Don’t take it literally when people tell you that you are always welcome or feel at home, those are formal courtesies and not realities. Ask for the most basic that you can’t provide yourself completely and then work hard to provide everything else for yourself. You will achieve a lot and enjoy a lot in any and every relationship, if you work hard, to ensure you are not a burden to anyone.
Those who are most likely to be a burden to others, are preachers invited to places and churches. Let’s not make demands of things we don’t even get in our own homes. When people are over burdened by you, they lose interest in what you preach and will be reluctant to allow you back. Preachers, let’s ensure we are not a burden to anyone!
Others who are most likely to be a burden are friends and relatives who visit. Allow your host privacy. Make almost no demand and be scarce to allow them enjoy their privacy. Others who are most likely to be a burden are those who get contacts of senior people in society. Please, allow them space, don’t crowd their lives with endless calls and communication and senseless forwards and ingenuine prayers. Sick people can also be a burden. When you are sick, don’t enslave those attending to you. Whatever relationship or situation, let us be sensitive, in order not to be a burden to anyone.
Some people are still single and hardly last in a relationship because they crowd their new catch and consequently scare them off. They are almost omnipresent in the life of the relationship. Value goes up when you are scarce and not insecure and ever present. Do not be a burden in your love relationship.
May God grant it that we will be sensitive enough so that we are not a burden to anyone. May God grant it that those who have burdened themselves to us, will get the clue and allow us some space. May God bless us today through all our relationships which are not burdensome, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this.You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)