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Just Ask

So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them.—LUKE 5:7 NIV

As caregivers, we’re always being asked for help. Maybe to get someone dressed, fix a meal, clean a house, run an errand… the list goes on and on. By the time we’re done doing everything for others, we lack the energy and enthusiasm we need to accomplish our own tasks. But even though we’re overwhelmed, many of us don’t or won’t ask others for help. Why?

Have we bought into the idea that if we’re not doing it all, we’re weak? Does pride keep us from admitting that we could use a hand? Maybe we don’t really believe people when they say, “Let me know what I can do to help you.” Or have we sat waiting for someone to offer help, never thinking that they might not realize our need in the first place?

We probably all have family and friends, coworkers, neighbors, and fellow church members who would be more than willing to lend us a hand—if only we’d ask them. Even Jesus made requests of people around Him. He didn’t let pride, fear, or the reaction of others stop Him from asking for help. Should we do differently?

When you need support, just ask. Many people will be pleased to lend a hand.

Heavenly Father, I pray that fear and pride won’t keep me from asking others for help.

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