One of the first things children learn and insist on doing independently is getting dressed. I’ve heard many times, “No, I do it Mommy” and I watch their little fingers struggle to snap those buttons or pull the zipper. They struggle and struggle, and eventually become frustrated and ask for help. Gladly, I take over and relieve their frustrations with the simple skill that will undoubtably be second nature too them in the blink of an eye.
Watching their defeat can be hard, because I can completely relate. Admitting defeat and that I need the help I so adamantly rejected is still difficult as an adult. My pride is hurt and I feel like a failure. I struggle with the guilt of needing someone else to pull me out of a mess.
Do you struggle to ask for help? Asking for help can be difficult. We have to expose our vulnerabilities. We have to admit things are hard. We have to accept that we cannot do it alone. We have to find people we can trust to help us.
What part of asking for help is difficult for you? Ephesians 4:15-16 reminds us: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Every part of the body of Christ is important to build itself up, including the other people God has placed within it. Surround yourself in those people, so that they can anchor your own weaknesses, and in return, you will anchor theirs.