Saturday, March 12, 2011

An Easier Way?

You are exhausted, hungry, vulnerable, and getting ready to start what you know from the outset is going to be a difficult, if not impossible, task. 

You feel stretched to the limit, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually. 

It could be the night before a final exam, a big presentation at work, a decision that you know is going to radically impact your own life and the lives of those you love the most. You know the task before you will take everything you’ve got—and there are no assurances that you will prevail. 

Then someone, apparently kind and compassionate, aware of your travail and the challenge before you, comes to you and says, “I can make this work for you! Here, take my hand, and let me show you an easier way.” 

What would you do? 

Would you listen? Would you think, “Thank goodness—a savior has shown up? Someone who really understands what I’m going through?” 

Or would you say, “No shortcuts for me. No pre-assured victories on my plate. No matter what this costs me, I will take the high road.” 

More, tomorrow, March 13, 2011, in worship, First UMC Krum. Holy Communion, 9:30; 9:55-10:00 break; 10:00 a.m., service resumes with music, children's time, and message.

Don't forget daylight savings time begins tomorrow!

1 comment:

Angie Hammond said...

Hey Christy, Please try and post the Sunday message on the blog so that faithful readers like me get the rest of this story.

I think I know what you are getting at, but I'd still like to hear your version of it.

However, speaking from a personal standpoint.
I can say that I was offered a hand many many times before I finally accepted it. I get it, but there is something in all of us that says I don't need any help I can do it myself.

One of the hardest lessons in life is learning how to ask for help and the other is learning how to accept it when it is offered. That one actually takes more from you. It means in many ways giving up control which is something we all have a problem with.

I'm very interested in hearing what you have to say on the easier way.

For anyone else reading this comment. Take some advise from someone who's been there. If you still have a problem with asking for any kind of help or accepting help when it is offered. Then put it on your list of things to do. Learn how to receive as well as give. It will change your life.

Thanks once again Christy for reminding me that I just need to keep saying yes to the offer. Trying times tend to make me forget that it is easier the other way.