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October 15, 2011  ¤  Listed in : Leroy Reed - Poetry

“You don’t need to help me. I can do it. You have more important things to do,” said an 80 year old neighbor when I tried to help pick up sticks in her yard. I heard the same message from a friend with emphysema as he tried to align rocks in a ditch running along the side of his yard. Offers to help are often met with resistance.

We see the same behavior in biblical characters. For example, at first Naomi resisted the offers of her two daughters-in-law to stay with her. “Why should these young women be burdened with caring for me?” She probably reasoned. They have their whole lives ahead of them. With regret, Orpah departed. However, when Ruth showed that she was determined to stay, Naomi relented.

As I get older, I recognize that I can not do as much as I did in youth, but still run the track at least 5 times a week. Pride is a natural barrier to accepting the help of others. Yet, pride of this kind separates us from multiple blessings.

When we allow others to help, we not only receive something we need, but also strengthen our relationship with the helper. In addition, we will see that someone cares enough to give us some of their time.

Always look for God in the actions of others…

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