When you feel like a "burden"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 5, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

When you feel like a "burden"Happy New Year! And no, I do not mean it as a cliché — I really do pray that this new year will be one of God’s abundant blessings for your life ... blessings of joy, peace, hope, and increased strength and trust in the Lord. I know I need it! With my age and almost 50 years spent sitting in a wheelchair, life isn’t getting any easier. And it’s likely you, too, struggle with your own challenges: arthritis that makes your work harder, a son who has drifted away from the Lord, a marriage that has more “lows” than “highs,” or a letter from a collection agency over unpaid bills. Like me, you probably feel you don’t want to be a burden. But the truth is we can’t do it alone; we can’t juggle life’s hardships without Jesus — and without the help of community. It’s why I poured out my heart in an article I wrote last year for Today's Christian Woman (TCW) online magazine, titled “The Beautiful Truth about Being a Burden.” And I am so honored that this article just “won” special recognition from the staff and writers of TCW as one of the “Best of 2015.” Because it’s a message that we all need to hear. Friend, do not rob someone of the opportunity to bless you, to help you carry your burden. Reach out to a Christian friend, a counselor or pastor (or email us with your prayer need). It’s the best way we can be a living demonstration of the power of God made great in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).


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I just read your article. Congratulations on your recognition for it by TCW. I was born with spina bifida and with God's grace I have lived a very independent and normal life. I am single. I am now 66, retired and in a w/chair. Everyday the thought of going to a NH is on my mine. I have a wonderful church family who are always there for me. I live in my own apartment and have simplified my environment as much as I can. I no longer drive but have a public van transportation by appointment to get where I need to go. I am afraid if I let people do too much I will give up. I recently had a talk with my best friend who recently moved back to FL. She is willing to be my power of attorney over my health. She said she would get on the next plane or start driving now if I got sick. She and her husband are real Christian friends/family. Joni I have followed you for probably 30 years now, you are an inspiration to me. God Bless you as you continue to bless others.
  • Jan. 8, 2016
  • 5:32 p.m.
  • Jo Ann Buckles
This was so inspiring and helpful for all people and especially seniors like myself! God bless you
  • Jan. 7, 2016
  • 11:47 a.m.
  • Shirley Baucom
Congratulations, Joni, on your article being selected for TCW Best of 2015! I agree with them that it was a very good article! I greatly appreciated it when I read it this fall, and as I read it again this evening I was reminded again of the beautiful truth about being a burden. Thank you for your teaching and encouragement. You are a blessing to me, Joni!
  • Jan. 7, 2016
  • 9:27 a.m.
  • Rachel Lundy
I wish I could have shown this to my mom. She died in 1995 from ALS. (She was only 53)I know there were times she felt like burden" (despite everyone's efforts to assure her otherwise! ) It's so sad that the enemy uses this lie to discourage so many! I am grateful that you wrote this, though so others can be encouraged! Thank you for letting God use you!
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 11:40 p.m.
  • Kim
Thank you very much for this wonderful article. I am speaking in behalf of those who continue to help others. Many times I feel that my help has been unappreciated and that oftentimes I want to give up and start helping myself. But with your article, it made me realize that some people may sometimes don't express their gratitude, it's the crown in heaven that should be our ultimate goal. :-)
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 6:47 p.m.
  • jojo esposa
Joni Thank you for speaking to the concern many of us have about being a burden on our family. I am a polio survivor with a current condition of Post Polio Syndrome and other medical problems. I lost my husband in 2014 so I am learning how to do as much as I can for myself before I ask my daughter and her family for help. Lord Jesus has made it clear to me that while my earth suit can't dance my spirit can and does with Him everyday. Blessings for 2016
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 5:05 p.m.
  • Becky Watson
Dear Joni: We have followed your ministry from the beginning, praising God for your leadership role and awesome testimony. NEVER GIVE UP, precious Joni. May our Lord crown your new year with His grace, joy, and a fresh annointing of the Holy Spirit. May He touch your body and relieve the horrid pain that afflicts you daily. Satan would taunt you with being a burden to those who care for you. Greater is He that is in you than He who is in the world. God continually uses you as a vessel fit for His honor from which the Holy Spirit continues to flow to touch the hearts and lives of those you minister to.
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 4:27 p.m.
  • Bev and Jim Dial
I have been suffering with post shingles nerve pain for 10 years and sometimes I get so discouraged because it is every day. I am under pain management but it is so debilating. I am 71 and I know this is taking years off of my life.
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 2:49 p.m.
  • Grace
I managed to escape from my husband's abuse, and have been staying at my daughter's farm for six months. Now I have to leave as the rented farm is to be sold. I have no money and nowhere else to go. I trust God to look after me, but need more faith and more patience! Thank you and God bless you all at Joni & Friends
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 1:06 p.m.
  • Hannah
I am in awe of you; let me say it correctly: In awe of what God does through you. And your husband. I am 83 and have many health problems, some of which I've had for years. I get discouraged sometimes, even depressed at times, but I am fully aware that God's plan for me is always perfect. I have to remember the Truth when my emotions and the Enemy try to tell me lies. I will surely read the article and expect it to be a blessing. Have "followed" you for many, many years. Gaither music is really special to me and the Youtube that you were singing with them in was such a blessing! Love you sweet girl, sister in Christ.
  • Jan. 6, 2016
  • 10:48 a.m.
  • Ernestine S. Bonicelli
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