We spend our time taking care of ourselves and the ones we care about. We pray for our families, work for our families, and protect our families. However, we often leave no room for ourselves to be taken care of by others because we believe it shows weakness. We often think that when we ask for help, it is us telling other people that we are not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to take care of ourselves. God provides for us in so many ways that it is hard to count, but we have to remember that one of the ways he helps us is by putting others in our lives that help give us strength..
Constantly we are faced with struggles that we cannot overcome alone, whether it be a secret sin, sickness, loss of a loved one, or an array of other things that when we try to go it alone we will fail. It is hard to tell someone you need help. When we ask for help we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable- and that can be difficult. However, what we often forget is that by asking for help we are allowing ourselves to be served by those around us.
There are not many things in life that bring more joy than serving others. We are told this truth and live out this truth all the time, but for some reason we don’t see it as an opportunity when we need to be served- we see it as weakness. We would never call a friend weak who needed help moving or dinner brought to the house after surgery, yet we still tell ourselves we are weak for needing help.
My charge for you this week is to let someone you care about serve you in some way. Be open about where you need help and allow those around you to feel the joy of service.