There are many instances in life when we just want to be left alone.
Whether we are going through a breakup, a financial hardship, a health
crisis, or just the challenges of life, we think we can handle the
situation by ourselves and not need anyone to help us get through. What
we must realize is that we are strengthened by the support of our loved
ones. They help us to realize that our situation is not the end of the
world and with their love they show us that we will overcome the difficult
times. What we must realize is that trying times are promised to come to
each of us and because they do, we should be quick to help one another
through them. Just as we should seek help in our time of need, we should
also extend that same help towards those who are going through their own
dark hour. Supporting one another, loving one another and lifting each
other up strengthens both our hearts and our resolve to never give in and
never give up.
I have learned that it is okay to admit that I don't have all the answers.
I know that I can't handle the difficult times all on my own. I see now
through experience that allowing others to help carry my burden not only
lessens the weight on my shoulders, but it allows those closest to me to
feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that they can help make a difficult
situation a little bit better. That's what we are on this Earth to do.
We are here to love one another, to support one another, to lift one
another up and show through our actions; our love, our care and our
compassion. Jesus says that on these two commandments lay all of the
law. The first is to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul and
the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Be encouraged to make
these two commandments the cornerstone of your life. Love God first and
equally to it love your neighbor as you love yourself. By doing so, you
are ensuring a blessed life. (Galatians 6:2) (Matthew 22:37-40)
I hope this message encourages and strengthens your heart to know that
depending on one another gives us strength to continue on better than
trying to do it on our own. I hope you are blessed by today's message.
WE NEED EACH OTHER
Many living things need each other to survive. I have lived for most of my
life near trees known as Colorado aspens. If you are familiar with this
tree, you may have noticed that it does not grow alone. Aspens are found
in clusters, or groves. We're told that the reason for this is because
aspens can multiply from the roots. They send up lots of new shoots every
year. These become saplings that grow quickly and make new baby aspens of
their own. In some groves, all of the trees may actually be connected by
their roots. It is as if they are one tree.
Another tree, the giant California redwood, may tower 300 feet into the
sky. We've seen pictures of tunnels carved into massive trunks wide enough
to drive an automobile through. It seems they would require the deepest of
roots to anchor them against strong winds. But instead their roots are
actually shallow -- they spread out wide in search of surface water. And
they reach in all directions, intertwining with roots of other redwoods.
Locked together in this way, all the trees support each other in wind and
Aspens and redwoods never stand alone. They need one another to survive.
People, too, are connected by a system of roots. We grow up in families
that nurture and guide us. We learn early to make friends who support us
in different ways. We are not meant to survive long without others. And
like the giant redwoods, we do best when we hold onto one another and help
each other to keep standing through life's storms. We need others to hold
us up, encourage us and to stand with us.
When I'm not doing well, it is often because I am going it alone. I don't
always let others in. I forget to ask for help; I keep my problems to
myself. And though I may not see it, others around me might be doing the
It helps to remember how much like those trees we really are. It might be
time to let someone else help hold you up for awhile. Or perhaps someone
needs to hang on to you.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Peter 3:10-12 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him
refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let
him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the
eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their
prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that
day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: LOOKING FOR JESUS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HEALED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry