Don't carry that load

Carrying a load. Hauling stuff around can look different to the person peering in, to the person managing the load and to the load itself.

No, I have not taken a job at the local "B&B," otherwise known as Baggage Bearers. It did recently come to my attention interesting parcels and the handling of the same can take quite a few different looks.

While recently at my oldest daughter's home, I wanted to continue trying to maintain a 10,000-step day. In order to make it happen a long walk was in order.

That looked to be a problem. There were five of us, two chubby babies, a 5-year-old who wasn't into strenuous exercise, a mama and a mawmaw. We had a double stroller, and it kind of made sense to me for the babies to be riding in the stroller.

I hadn't been around long enough to realize baby Teagan Claire doesn't like being in a stroller. She has distance issues. She doesn't like to be that far from anyone's arms. So, what was the answer?

Two days in a row, I had carried her. Each day she became dead weight as she fell asleep as we walked. My muscles were in a recuperation phase. There is no way I could handle this little chunky monkey this time.

It didn't take long to know how it was all going to play out. Kasie James hollered out, "Mama, are you going to wear Teagan today?"

Wear Teagan? That's what her mama did. She put on one of those baby swaddling carriers. Put baby in, attach it to your body and you are off to the races. Everyone's happy. Two were in the stroller and Teagan was enjoying being baggage.

That'll preach. We all have different kinds of baggage, don't we? Some loads we need to toss. They weigh down the heart. Some burdens we just have to bear, but not alone. Then others may appear to be a load, but they are really a blessing to carry.

What kind of baggage, burdens or blessings are you toting? If it's a load of care weighing you down and useless, don't hang on to it a minute longer. Cast your cares on the Lord. He cares for you.

If you feel alone with your heavy bags and someone comes along with transportation, throw the baggage off your shoulder and allow the weight to be lifted. We are to help bear one another's burdens.

Finally, when you are given the privilege of helping someone else lighten their load or hold them close when they are unable to walk on their own, consider it all joy.

Always remember what Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Take a load off, y'all.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.