It’s easy to think that we are tough, independent women who can do it all on our own.
But, what happens when life takes a turn and we realize that we can’t do it alone?
I remember being pregnant with my first child and was so sick that I lost 10 pounds right off the bat. My energy was gone but I was trying to push through like every other mom seemed to. My pushing resulted in me nearly fainting and a co-worker having to strap me in my own car and drive me to the doctor. If she had not, I may have veered off the road driving myself in such a weakened state.
There was the time that my husband fell off of a roof and knocked himself out. By the end of the day we had people rushing to meet us at the hospital, taking my kids off of my hands and bringing in our dinner for the next few days.
There was the time that we were in the middle of moving from a home we spent 10 years in and I came down with an unexplainable lack of energy and motivation to get my house packed. My family and friends came over for a packing marathon while I took frequent breaks on my couch with more guilt than I could ever express. Turns out, I had full-blown flu.
There was the time that I quit my job on faith to stay home and raise my son after crying almost daily the first 10 months of his life while I went back to work. When a friend of ours heard me say that our income had just been cut nearly in half, he jumped in and offered for me to bring my baby twice a month to clean his house as a gift for his wife. He OVER paid me…just because.
I could go on and on.
Have you ever been offered help or a listening ear and refused simply on the basis that you didn’t want to appear “needy”? Has anyone ever tried to tidy up your kitchen while you were sick or offered to pick up your children from school when your schedule got out of hand or held out a little cash when you fell on hard times but you couldn’t bring yourself to let them help?
Is it pride? Is it fear of what others may think? Is it a feeling of unworthiness that you carry?
From the very beginning…of EVERYTHING…God himself was never alone. The Holy Spirit was there.
He went on to create Eve for Adam saying “It is not good for the man to be alone…” (Genesis 2:18)
Jesus sent his disciples out two by two.
The disciples instructed people everywhere that they went how to work and commune together.
Our Creator established the first family unit and then went on to mold the global church, both of which bring us together.
The idea that people need other people is from the maker of all. He wired us to need others.
Who are we to fight this? How does it work out for us when we separate ourselves or refuse a helping hand when it is offered? What have we gained?
These people who have come alongside my family over the years, we all have one thing in common. We’re part of The Church.
Are you tired of superficial short-lived friendships? God has a plan for something better.
Finding a local, Bible believing church will put you shoulder to shoulder with family. When we honor His mandate to keep meeting together, keeping Christ at the center, He will knock our socks off with friendships that are deep, meaningful and rich.
His thread is unbreakable and because of this…
“…A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”
We are better together.
Lord, help us to come together as your children. In love. Thank you for the gift of friendship that comes when we put you at the center. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.