Learning to Receive

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I just did something crazy!  I moved into a new home just a week before Christmas!  You can imagine the stress involved in moving an entire family and all our belongings to a new location during the most hectic time of the year.

About a month prior to my move I was talking with a good friend about my transition and he gave me some very wise counsel.  He said, “Pierre, you do so much to help other people.  You need to learn how to ask others to help you.”  When he spoke these words it resonated with me and I knew that God was using my friend to encourage and guide me.

So, I took his advice.  I asked a group of about eight guys to lend me a helping hand in moving my family’s belongings.  And to my surprise, they all said yes! The weekend before the move, four new guys at church heard about my move and volunteered to help me out as well.  I was not sure if I needed them at this point, but I remembered my friend’s advice and said yes to their offer.  Over the course of several days four of the original guys had to back out because of conflicts.  I was certainly glad I had the new four guys lined up! God truly had my back.

In addition to the guys who helped me move, I had others who helped me clean, paint and do some minor repairs on my new home.  I want to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and generosity!!

Now to my main point. For some odd reason I felt awkward asking others to help me personally.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe I do not want to feel like a bothersome person.  Maybe it’s my pride.  Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m supposed to be the one helping other people. Or maybe, it’s a simple lack of wisdom! In any case, I am so glad that I adhered to my friend’s wise counsel. I could never have done this move without the help of so many good and faithful friends!

God has created us to work with each other and help each other in both good times and bad. Through this experience, He taught me not to be afraid to ask for help – of whatever nature.  God has ordained us to work together and to see one another through. And of course it should go without saying, that we need to be the type of people who are willing to help others in their time of need, not just people who are always looking for help.

How about you?  Do you ever find it difficult to ask others for help?

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