Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for difficult times.” Proverbs 17:17 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Let others help”
One of the reasons God has put us together in church families is so we can help one another – especially during the most difficult times of life. Most of you are familiar with our story (mine and Linda’s). In the months after Linda had her stroke and brain surgeries our church family pretty much carried us through that deep valley. I don’t know what we would have done without them. I feel sorry for those Christians who are not plugged into a good church family.
Then there are those who don’t allow others deep enough into their lives in order to be able to help during times of adversity. There are Christians who are so private that they keep others shut out and therefore they don’t have the help they need during those tough times. There’s an old saying that goes “In order to have a friend you have to be a friend”. That means you have to cultivate relationships so that you then have those people there when they are needed the most. It’s not uncommon to see sad individuals who have kept people shut out of their lives, and then they complain that nobody is there for them. You have to invite others in and you have to let them help.
It’s also critically important that you are smart about who you look to for help. Proverbs 13:20 reminds us, “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.”
What this teaches us is that when we need help we have to turn to the people who are equipped to provide that help. So if your marriage is struggling don’t seek advice from your friend who has been divorced four times. She might be able to tell you how you can end up divorced too, but it’s unlikely she’s equipped to give you any helpful advice on how to save your marriage. Instead go talk to the older woman who has been married for forty years. Likewise, if your finances are a mess, don’t look to your equally broke friend for financial advice. Go talk to someone who is doing it right.
When we’re going through times of adversity and trouble God will bring into our lives other Christians who are willing and able to help. We’re foolish if we don’t let them help.