When you allow someone to help you.
When you are in pain.
When you are in the midst of a trial.
When you are overwhelmed with more to do than you know how to do.
When you suffer loss.
When others offer to help you, let them help. And don’t be afraid to ask for another person’s help.
Because there is a key life principle about helping others.
When others help you it may be therapy for them.
We often resist help.
We are too proud. We don’t want to be an inconvenience. We want to appear strong.
But we ignore the help the helper gains from the helping the one they help.
When an injured pastor helps another injured pastor. It often is helping the helping pastor heal.
When a cancer survivor ministers to a cancer patient. The helper’s heart heals a little too.
A parent who lost a child is best equipped to minister to someone who has lost a child. And it often gives a slight sense of relief to their loss.
It doesn’t remove the pain – yours or theirs, but it often helps one deal with pain better when they help others that are in pain. Sharing in each other’s pain is a biblical principle. (2 Cor 1:3-7, Eph 4:2)
I have only shared a few examples. You can probably add many others.
Many times we gain perspective on our pain when we help others deal with their pain.
Don’t be afraid of help.
Opening your life, your stories, your pain, your experiences to others who can help – helps.
Sometimes more than you know.