Ask for help

There are times in life when you need a little boost, even when you are living a kingdom first life. There will be things that you are trying to overcome that you can’t seem to overcome, but really all you need is a little boost. That boost usually comes in the form of a person.

When I was in the army I had a hurdle that I couldn’t seem to overcome. It was the 2 mile run. I wanted to get the max score on my 2 mile run, but I came up just shy of it two or three times. It made me mad! I could max the push-ups and sit-ups in less than half the amount of time given, but the 2 mile run kept me from a perfect score.

There were two things that kept me from maxing the 2 mile run, and it wasn’t my ability. It was the excuses I was giving myself such as maybe my legs are too short and I’m not built for the 2 mile run, or maybe it’s because I’m a little too heavy from spending time in the gym. The second thing was my pride that kept me from asking for help. After all I was known for being physically fit, I shouldn’t need help, people come to me for help.

I got frustrated enough that I got over myself, and asked for help. I went to a person. I asked sergeant Furqan to pace me on the 2 mile run.

The morning went as usual, I maxed my push-ups and sit-ups and it was time for the run. Sergeant Furqan got beside me and we took off. The pace was faster than I expected, I was on the verge of an all out sprint the whole time. I was thinking to myself that maxing this thing really wasn’t for me, my legs must be a blur like in a cartoon, and I might die! However, for every one of those thoughts, sergeant Furqan was telling me something else and pushing me.

When we were about a half mile from the finish line, and I could see it, something crazy happened. After I thought I was on the verge of sprinting this whole time and I would never be able to keep the pace, I realized I had another gear and shifted into a new stride. I even pulled away from sergeant Furqan, and I crossed the finish line with 20 seconds to spare. I maxed the 2 mile run for the first time!

It didn’t take some miracle, or grand scheme. All it took was someone coming alongside me, and giving me a little boost. Sometimes we need people like that. People who will help you get over your self perceived limitations, and weaknesses. Someone who will help you get past all the reasons why you can’t do what you are trying to do. Someone who will come along side you when other people say you can’t do something, or that you can’t get things right.

What’s awesome is that sergeant Furqan let me pull away. He wasn’t like so many people  who call themselves leaders. He didn’t have to beat me to the finish line. I heard him kind of laugh as I kicked it into the next gear, and I could hear him pushing me on as I ran ahead of him. What an amazing thing. I want to do that. I want to get alongside people and give them a boost. I want to cheer them on as they kick it into the next gear. I hope I already do.

There are so many people who will tell you all of the things you are doing wrong, and why you aren’t blessed and have no favor and so on. This is why we need to find the people who look past your short legs, and help you anyway. We all have shortcomings, but there are people who are willing to look beyond those things. Sometimes it feels like they are few and far between, but they are out there.

All it took was one person to come alongside me one time. I maxed the 2 mile run every time I ran it after sergeant Furqan helped me. You may be stuck in a rut, but sometimes all it takes is one person to bust you out. God designed us in such a way that we need not only Him, but His people. Don’t let your pride, or weaknesses that you think are too big to overcome keep you from finding the right person. God puts people in your life that can help you. Find the right ones, and ask them for help. God has way too many great works for you to do to be stuck in a rut.

God is for you, and I am for you!

 

Own it as if…………an exhortation for you

At this point in my life, I have learned that there are things that happen in life that you do not ask for, and were outside of your control. You do everything right, or at least to the best of your ability, but things still happen. It’s a fact of life even as a Jesus following Christian.

However, your position as the steward does not change whether things are going great, or when everything has fallen apart. When “life” has happened, even if you did nothing wrong to cause it, you have to own it as if it was all your fault.

What I mean by that is that wherever you land after the event, you have to get up, take responsibility and begin (maybe better said, continue) to steward things from where you are at. Stand in your faith with confidence, be a good steward with what you have where you are at, be thankful for the growth that comes with the hard time, and start the climb.

Because of His word, I have confidence that faith pleases God, He rewards good stewards, and He has great plans in store for you.

People may or may not be around to help, but the one who has given you every spiritual blessing in heaven will be. If you will fully own it, and have faith that God is fully for you then I know you won’t stay where you landed forever. You may be there for a season, but God will use it as a springboard (the bigger the fall, the more compression on the spring) to propel you beyond where you were before.

God is for you, and I am for you!