Friday, May 3, 2019

Saying Yes to Help

Life is hard. Do you feel that way? I'd have to say it took me becoming a mother to really understand how much I could use and needed help from others. In our society, though, people who are strong, people who can do it all by themselves, people who don't "need" anyone else are celebrated and praised.

And so when are you are in need, you are more likely to say, "I got this." When help is offered, you are more likely to turn it down because you want to appear under control, or you don't want to "put somebody out."

But you know what I've realized? We ask for help all the time in prayer. I'm not going to lie 5 kids is overwhelming to me, and I often ask for help in my prayers with this aspect of it or that aspect of it. I don't know about you but I often wish Jesus was right by my side helping me with my daily tasks. And Jesus wishes He could physically be right by our side helping us. But He can't be. But He has told us, "When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God" and He said, "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." The Lord takes it personally when we help others. To me that means he takes it personally when we accept help. He wants to help us, and he provides that help-- in the form of others around us.

Now when others offer to help me, I imagine that Jesus is offering help to me. And I know I wouldn't turn down help from my Savior. So I'm not going to turn down help from people acting in His behalf.

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