by Luke Kincaid
The idea for today’s blog came to me while trying to purchase some of the world’s healthiest breakfast… McDonalds! It was a rainy Friday morning and I wanted something tasty to fill my stomach before I started working. After dropping Seth off at school, I realized that I had left my wallet at home and the disappointment began to set in. But then I remembered, I had some money which totaled R29.20 which I believed was enough to get something to eat.
I parked my car, walked through the very cold, rainy weather, and began to investigate what my money could buy me. To my surprise I realized that I didn’t have enough to buy anything of substance with the closest meal costing R29.99. So, I stood there, trying to figure out what I could buy so I didn’t look like a strange person walking out empty handed.
While thinking this through I looked over to my left and saw a gentleman waiting for his food. So, I thought, “I can either walk out with a cup of coffee or humble myself and ask this gentleman for R1 and the worst thing he could say is no”.
I asked and I was graciously handed R5. I purchased my food and enjoyed it while thinking that if I hadn’t asked, I wouldn’t have got what I wanted. Now this is a small example but as brothers and sisters in Christ we are called to, “2 Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2. And while it may be difficult to ask for help in whatever difficult situation we find ourselves in, we could actually be robbing someone of the blessing of helping by not asking.
I love these words from a lady by the name of Aubrey Hoeppner:
When you ask someone else to help you bear a burden, you are giving them an opportunity to serve God and share Christ’s love with you. We also see throughout Scripture that God has created each of us in the body of Christ with different strengths, calling to use these strengths fully to glorify him and build up others. When you find you are weak in one area and call on someone else who is strong for help, you are giving them an opportunity to exercise their God-given gifts.
So while it can be difficult to reach out to those around you when you are in need, it is necessary because we can’t handle everything by ourselves. There are times when we will need to reach out to our spiritual family and when others reach out to us let’s be willing to help bear that burden.
P.S. If you would like to read the entire article from Aubrey Hoeppner, you can find it here: