You know how the script is supposed to go:
How are you doing? Fine.
How was your day? Good.
What’s up? Nothing.
Lie. Lie. Lie.
We all know the world is hard, so why do we spend so much time pretending it’s not?
Part of God’s plan was to place all sorts of people around us to help us get through all the sadness and pain that will inevitably hit. He then tells us, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Yet don’t we each think that while it’s fine for someone else to need help, it’s not as acceptable for us to need support—or even correction—too?
However, when we don’t share our struggles, we suffer because our egos are too big to say, “I need help.” We get lonely and start to believe that we are all alone. On top of that, we rob someone else of the joy that comes from serving, and we miss out on the blessings that come from being fully connected.
In Ecclesiastes chapter 4, God gently reminds us (because we all need reminding): “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (verse 10).
Don’t be pitiful. Let others help. Here’s how to start:
How are you doing? I could use some prayers.
How was your day? Not so great.
What’s up? Do you have a minute?
Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker. Her voice is heard regularly through her writing and blogging for Time of Grace. She is married to Greg, and they live in Wisconsin with their three active children.
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