Hunter Gandee is a 14-year-old and seems like a typical teenager on the surface. Inside, this young man is inspiring. Hunter’s 7-year-old brother, Braden, was born with cerebral palsy (a disorder that can make movement extremely difficult). The two have been close since they were very young and so Hunter decided to do something extreme for his brother. He is going to walk 40 miles on June 7 with his little brother on his back in order to raise awareness for cerebral palsy. The hope is that this event can result in new technology and equipment to make Braden’s life easier. Even beyond his, Hunter aspires to study biomedical engineering and neurology one day to help his little brother (Yahoo).
What a difference an attitude like this could make in our world. Even beyond that, what an incredible change an attitude like this could bring to the church. Imagine if all the members had this type of love and compassion for their spiritual brothers and sisters. Imagine if all the members were willing to carry each other through the tough times. Imagine if all the members focused more on bearing one others burdens rather than gossip, slander, and backbiting. What a difference this would make!
And yet this is exactly what we are called on to do. Consider the following:
Galatians 6:9-10 – Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
Philippians 2:3-7 – “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”
Whether we help each other through sin, sickness, or sorrow, good things will result. Our faith with strengthen, the church will grow, and strong bonds will form. When the need arises, let’s be ready to carry each other.