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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Take It

Scripture to reflect upon: Hebrews 4:16 (The Message)
So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

I absolutely love this version of this scripture. The NIV version says, “…receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” That’s nicely put, but The Message tells us to be bold!

I have a confession to make again.

I think I can handle anything on my own. I think I can solve the world’s problems. And I try. But guess what? It’s painful to try and fix problems in our times of need without anyone to comfort us, support us, or encourage us. But that’s what I always try to do anyway.

I bet there are many of you reading this that “buck up” and take it in stride. You don’t want to show weakness by asking for help, or implying that you can’t handle something most people are able to handle. So you wallow in it. Cry about it. Whine about it. Get angry about it.

Jesus said: Take my help! Take it!! Accept it. I’m ready to give you all the help and mercy you need!

Don’t get prideful when someone offers to help you and say, “No, that’s okay. I’ll just do it myself.” I’m the queen of that scenario. I believe I’m the only person who can do it right, so why have anyone else help me. Sometimes I get frustrated when Jared says he’ll help and he’ll do a particular chore and doesn’t do it just the way I would have done it. I tend not to ask him to do it again because I know it’ll get done right my way.

Jared’s way may not meet my expectations, but he’s absolutely willing to help me anytime I need it. (As I’m writing this, I just realized that sometimes I don’t think God will do it right, either!) Jared always says, “Will you please let me help you!?” Or sometimes he’ll demand, “Go sit down! I’ll do the dishes,” as he worms in between me and the sink.  

Does it matter if Jared doesn’t do it to absolute perfection? No. I just need to accept his help because he wants to help me. That’s what matters most. Not that it’s done perfectly, but that he’s willing to do it for me at all.

My brother-in-law is going through a very difficult time right now and we are trying to help him. He’s been walking around a bit angry and frustrated with us, and I think it’s because he doesn’t want our help. He doesn’t think he needs it. I read this scripture out loud today in hopes he heard that he can take the mercy and accept our help, because we love him and we want him to get better, and we want to help him.

Love does that. And that’s what Jesus offers. Mercy. Help. Walk right up to him and take it. Because He’s so ready to give it to you!

NOTE TO SELF: God can, and will, do it better than you!

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