Why is it that many of us are so innately stubborn that we refuse to ask for help? I know that I am the guiltiest of the guilty in this area, but I saw an example of it firsthand this morning. I stepped out to go to work this morning, and my neighbor was shoveling a path for her husband to be bussed to dialysis. Now I know that she is capable of doing this, but with her lack of strength, the amount of snow, and how slick the driveway was, it was not the safest of conditions. I immediately rushed over to help shovel, because I am capable and that’s what neighbors do. I told her she should have come over and I would have easily and willingly cleared the driveway for her, but she insisted that I didn’t have to help. Of course I did (because as I said, that is what neighbors do). However, at the same time I was looking at a reflection of my own stubbornness.
Probably what God wants us to do on a daily basis is ask for help. Then allow Him to provide the solution through others. (Others to do His work). He wants us to love Him and love others. He will give us opportunities to help others. Why not allow Him to provide us the help that we need?
While helping my neighbor, I noticed a car as it was leaving the subdivision. It stopped and backed all the way up to the driveway where I was standing. It was a couple of men that asked if we needed them to remove the rest of the snow. Of course, being the simple minded person that I am, I immediately thought they were just looking for a job (some money). They immediately said they just wanted to help and would do it for free. The generosity of strangers (a gift from God).
This is what God has asked us to do. Help each other, encourage each other, and pray for each other. Helping others allows us to give our talents and abilities to them. Encouraging others helps to build them up to do more (and in turn help more people). Praying for others allows God to assist in the work and make it possible. Asking for help, starts this process.
This life is a race. We all want to finish winners. We only accomplish this win by helping each other. Sometimes that means supplying the help. Sometimes that means asking for help. Sometimes that means allowing God to help.
Daily Vitamin C: Let’s all ask for help and become winners in the game of life!