Asking for help has never been easy for me. Perhaps it’s because I’m a northern Minnesota male with Scandinavian heritage, but more likely it is probably due to human nature, stubbornness and pride. (Wow! That was a hard sentence to write!)
If you are like me, you can think of multiple times that you spent more money, received more injuries and got more frustrated than needed, all because you didn’t ask for help.
I recall the time I was working on my truck and needed to take the front axle apart. I worked and struggled for more than two hours before I swallowed my pride and called a friend for help. He came over and used a special “hub socket” to disassemble my axle in about 30 seconds.
On another occasion, I was welding some pipes at a Potlatch plant and accidentally started a fire. The proper procedure to follow in a case like this is to sound the fire alarm so trained personnel would come and help extinguish the flames.
But, the fire was small, so I grabbed the fire hose and had it under control in no time. The problem was, after the fire was out, I couldn’t close the valve at the end of the 3-inch hose. After about 15 minutes, and several hundred gallons of water, an employee walked by and rendered assistance by closing the main valve.
As I get older, I am slowly learning two lessons.
First, we all need each other. The Bible says that we are all members of one body, and none of us is designed to function very well alone.
The second lesson is that God is very interested in helping us through every situation that we might face. When Jesus was asked “What is the greatest commandment?,” He responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The only way we will ever be able to love God and love our neighbors is if we allow them to have a part in our lives. God already desires to have a relationship with us. All He is waiting for is for us to accept His offer to forgive our sins and have a personal relationship with Him.
Once we have a personal relationship with Jesus, we start to inherit His love for others and He directs us to share His love with those around us.
Most people are happy to lend a hand to someone who asks, and God is thrilled when we call on Him for any reason. This week, try developing new relationships both with God and with your neighbors.
It will save you pain, frustration and money. It might even lead to new lifelong friendships.
Steve Bergerson is the pastor at Blind Lake Tabernacle.