Posted on September 26, 2017 Article from The Messengerin
This spring I worked the end-of-year celebration at Kenova Elementary. I was placed at the top of an inflatable to help pull children up who couldn’t quite make it. As I pulled and tugged I was struck with thoughts of how few children would let go of the rope to grab my hand. They just did not know how to let go and allow me to help them.
In staff meeting last week, Pastor Steve asked each of us, "How can our other staff help you with your ministry?" None of us spoke. Finally after some clues from him we mentioned some inconsequential things; but never got to the heart of asking for meaningful help. Exasperated, Steve said, "I’ll tell you what you need." He then went on to explain the many ways we needed each other to be successful in ministry.
Why are we that way? Why can’t we ask for help? For me, it's three things. 1. I can be prideful and don’t want to admit I need help. 2. I don’t want to be a burden to others. 3. I think I am self-sufficient. How about you?
Needing others has always been a part of God’s plan for our lives. In Genesis 2:18, God says, "It is not good for man to be alone," so He creates Eve to be Adam's helper. God designed us to need each other; and when we don’t ask for, or accept the help of others, we are thwarting his plan. ASK FOR HELP!
Galatians 6:2 tells us to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God designed us to help each other. He did not want us to be self-sufficient. He gifted us differently and we honor each other when we ask for help and encourage these gifts. When you don’t ask for help, you are denying others the chance to be blessed. ASK FOR HELP!
Not asking for help creates in us a sense of self-sufficiency God did not intend for us to have. He wants us to know we are in need. We need others, but more importantly, we need Him. God wants us to know the truth of our needs, and His amazing grace.
All that said, I'm going to ask for help. I need to take a step away from vocational ministry for a while and spend some extra time with my aging father. I'm still going to be serving as a volunteer with MOPS and some other children's areas, but Tony and I are going to need some help picking up the slack in other areas. May I encourage you to go to Tony and say, "I'm here to help." God will bless you. I promise.