Lean On Me
by Rev. Tom Gray
Years ago, when I first moved to Tulsa, my car broke down in a snow storm. I couldn’t restart it. A kind man stopped and offered his help. I asked him if he had a jumper cable. He said “I can do better that that.” He drove me to a store where he bought me a jumper cable, saying “this is yours.” After we got my car started, I asked if I could pay him back. He said “sure, just keep your eyes open and do the same thing for someone else.” I’ve done that. Every time I’ve started a car with that cable, I remember him, and always will.
In our competitive culture, we try to be self sufficient—even to the point of refusing or resenting help. We aren’t big on being a burden to anyone else. But we need each other. We need help from others from time to time, and others need help from us. It’s good to be self-sufficient, but our culture can take it too far, thinking that needing help is weakness. The hard part about getting help is overcoming our pride. God has created us, in part, so that we can serve each other.
Never hesitate to ask for help or offer to give it. Either one is a godly act of love.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10