MARCH 2022

When was the last time you asked someone for help?  When was the last time you admitted you needed help?  Do you find yourself, instead, saying (or thinking) "I can handle this myself, thank you very much."

We live in an age and culture where independence and self-determinism is valued and celebrated.  And while we don't want to be people who lie off of or take advantage of others, we do want to be people who know how to ask for help.

Galatians 6:2 reminds us to "carry each other's burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Often, we would prefer to do something ourselves because we know we can do it better and more quickly.  But when we actually share each other's lives and help one another, we are fulfilling God's perfect plan of living in the community with others.  Sometimes, too, people will say they're being robbed of their blessing if we don't let them help us.

This can also be a way of showing love.  Jesus taught in John 15:2 "This is my commendment: love each other just as I have loved you."  Jesus love us in an extraordinary, incredible way.  It's up to us to take the love we receive from Him, and find ways to bring that love and goodness into our communities.

Paul wrote, "Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others."  A wonderful much-loved and highly respected Dove leader I know often prays "God's best" for someone.  In Jesus' name.  God has better for us than we often do for ourselves.  When we accept someone's help, instead of insisting on doing it ourselves, we may be receiving something better than what we would have come up with by ourselves.

When we allow others to help us, and also make it a point to help others, God notices.  Hebrews 6:10 says, "God isn't unjust so that He forgets your efforts and the love you have shown for His name's sake when you served and continue to serve God's holy people."  Let's allow others the same opportunity.

Our church is all about offering the fresh, cool, living water of Jesus Christ to a parched and thirsty community all around us in a dry land.  When we allow others to help us, they will also be refreshed!  So let's remember "those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed."  (Proverbs 11:25).
By the way...can you help me?