Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 7 Letting Others In

This is probably one of the hardest lessons that I had to learn in my journey of cancer.  Before cancer was a household world in my family I was always the one helping others out.  I would respond to the email and sign up to bring a meal to a family in need.  I would go clean friends house or visit an elderly neighbor.  Now the tables had been turned.  It was up to me to ask for help.  I know I needed it, I just had a hard time admitting it.  So hard.  So beautiful.  It is a truly humbling experience to be served by the body of Christ.  I can't even count all the times food was delivered to my doorstep.  Several days I would come home to find that my entire house had been cleaned.  Other times I would just have friends stop by to help with my son or just to visit.  It truly was overwhelming the love and support my family received.  My mailbox was chalk full of encouraging love notes.  Friends called and left me messages or talked on the phone with me to pass the time.  It was so encouraging to my Spirit.

You can miss the greater good out of receiving from others if you aren't truly humble and unwilling in your heart to receive.  One must be willing to ask for help.  This means you must be willing to let other in to your world and let them help.  this is so hard to actually do.  I have to say our family had some growing pains in this department.  Overall we learned together what it means to serve others and to be served by others.  This friends is true religion.  True community of faithful believers expressing themselves in love.  In the simple act of kindness represented in a meal, a card or a phone call.  I can not stress enough the importance of recognizing in yourself when you need to ask for help.  Don't be embarrassed or shy.  Who am I to prevent others in the body to do good works?  He has prepared them in advance for us all to do.  I don't want to get in the way of God working in another believers life because I am too proud to ask and receive help.

"The only things that counts is faith expressing itself in love." Galatians 5:6
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

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