There is a popular quote by Ziad K. Abdelnour, a Lebanese-American investment banker and financier, that goes like this, “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
This powerful quote should apply to all Christians, regardless of their socioeconomic status and educational attainment, as well as their involvement in their respective church communities and capabilities in life. But why are many Christians reluctant to reach out to others for help?
Is it the pride thing or “I can do it on my own” mentality? Is it because Christians tend to rely on themselves more often as not to feel like a burden to other people? Is it because they want to control everything, or believe they are in control of everything? Or maybe they don’t want to be turned down or they refuse to accept anything that feels like a hand-out? Or is it because they think asking for help is a sign of weakness or admitting weakness or defeat?
There is nothing wrong with reaching out to others and asking for help and support. The Bible, in fact, encourages us to ask for help not only from God but from other people too. It is a good thing for a person to be self-sufficient in all things, but he/she need to realize that God made him/her with a need for help from another – as well as a mission to give help to another. In other words, God made us able to give help to others and to need and receive help from others.
It is never meant for us to overcome obstacles and do great things in life by ourselves. God wants us to reach out to others for help because we won’t go far in life relying on our own strengths and self-assurance. Believing that we can do everything often leads to disappointment and failure.
Asking for help never means you are weak. It means you are strong and wise. It means you are determined enough to do better, this time with the grace of God and feedback and insight from other people.
Above all, asking for help is never a burden but a blessing to others. As a body of believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to work together, to help one another, and to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Doing so is to serve God and share Jesus’ love with one another. Reaching out to others for help is not placing an unfair burden on them but allowing them the opportunity to honor God and maximize their God-given gifts by helping others.
At some point, we need a source of strength and consolation beyond ourselves: God and the people He brings into our life. So, when God puts us through trials, He wants us to ask for help. Sometimes He helps us by doing things Himself and sometimes He helps us through other people. So, we must never hesitate and be afraid of reaching out to others for help.
How powerful is the help of reaching out to others? Why reaching out is always worth it?
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