There are many moments in our life where we are tempted to lose our faith in humanity. We believe the falsity that nobody cares for our well-being and that everyone is only interested in what they are going through. What I have found to be true is that goodness abounds all around us. People do want to lend a helping hand, they do want to see another rise higher and become better, but we must be willing to ask for help when we need it. We can't allow pride or ego to keep us bound in our struggles, but rather we should recognize our weakness and see our need for an intercessor. The help we find will not only ease our struggle, but it will also encourage our hearts and show us that goodness not only exists in others, but it abounds in them as well.
When we simply let our needs be made known, we will find help quicker than we ever thought we could and our hearts will be encouraged for receiving a friend right when we needed it the most. (Isaiah 40:28-31) (1 John 3:18)
We should always remember and keep in mind that we can't do it all on our own. We are not meant to carry our burden alone because life would be so overwhelming. Instead just as we are called to love one another, we are also called to bear one another's burdens and when we let our needs be made known, we will be all the better for it in the end. This truth is emphasized in the Bible as we read in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If they fall down, they can help each other up. But pity those who fall and have no one to help them up!” I encourage you to call upon someone when you find yourself struggling. Receive the help that you need when you need it so that your obstacle can be overcome and your life lifted to even greater Heights. (Hebrews 13:5-6) (Hebrews 10:23-25)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be quick to ask for help when you need it so that your burden will be lighter and your heart filled with gladness for being blessed by a fellow laborer.
A doctor said to his patient, “You have a slight heart condition, but I wouldn't worry about it.”
“Really, Doc?” the patient replied. “Well, if you had a slight heart condition, I wouldn't worry about it either.”
We can sometimes get the impression that most of the world is more or less out for themselves and that people care little about the plight of others. But I choose to believe differently. I believe that a lot of people are basically concerned about others, even if they don't always know how to express it. That is perhaps why a certain story, clipped years ago and filed away, has remained one of my favorites to this day.
A trucker relates that he was traveling through rural North Carolina on I-95 when a brown sedan merged onto the highway. It weaved back and forth between lanes, causing the driver of the truck to shift into a lower gear. At first he thought the driver was drunk, but when he came closer, the trucker saw an old man shaking uncontrollably behind the wheel. He noticed a Citizen's Band aerial whipping to and fro as the car jerked between lanes, so he called on the radio: “You in the brown Chevy, if you can hear me, pull over. Pull off the road!”
Amazingly, he did! The trucker pulled up behind the car and climbed from his cab. The elderly man staggered from his car and fell into the trucker's arms. He poured out a story of months of fear and pain that accompanied the illness of his only daughter.
Now he was returning from the hospital where it was decided that she would cease any further treatment. In the hospital he remained “strong” and stoic for his daughter, but out on the road he fell apart.
The two men talked for the good part of an hour. The father eventually decided to share his pain with his daughter and said he felt good enough to drive home. The men embraced and the trucker followed him for 50 miles. As they drove along, the two talked together on the radio.
The older man finally acknowledged that his exit was ahead and thanked his new friend again for the help. The trucker asked if he could make it home all right and, suddenly, a third voice broke in on the conversation: “Breaker 19, don't worry, good buddy. Go your way. I'll see him home!” Glancing in his mirror, he saw a livestock truck move into the exit lane behind the brown sedan.
I think there are good people the world over. People who will gladly give that caring touch, a needed warm embrace or a patient and listening ear. They are like angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
Look around. You're sure to see one. And look in the mirror. You might spot one there, too.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”
Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: ALWAYS WITH ME
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Today's Selected Testimony: PRAISE THE LORD
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry