How hard it can be for us to realise we are helpless in some areas.
Human effort will only get us so far, as will natural talent and abilities.
Yet we so often strive to succeed by ourselves, not seeing our need of help or wanting any assistance.
Independence is a good thing on the whole, but a degree of dependence is also a sign that we’re aware of our own limitations.
We can see how the gifting in others enriches us and there is grace in accepting assistance and support.
We begin to accept that we need other people. Together we achieve so much more. United we are stronger.
Because eventually we’ll reach an impasse. A point of no return where we cannot do a thing except trust in another.
See our need and willingly (or grudgingly?) receive.
We’re wired to exist within community and live mindful of each other’s needs.
And some things in life are completely beyond us. Maybe you can think of a few?
In my life with M.E and chronic illness I’ve learnt to be gratefully dependent on those who assist me with daily living tasks.
In my writing life I’m completely dependent on Holy Spirit inspiration, grace, gifting and energy.
In my spiritual life I responded to what God had already done in Christ, seeing my impotence to save or change myself.
The poem below is my five-minute-friday contribution as I join others who write brave and free in a supportive community. You’re very welcome to join us over at Kate Motaung’s place. Today’s prompt is ‘Try’.
Also linking with Barbie at The Weekend Brew.. do drop in for some soul refreshment.
You don’t have to
You don’t have to try to curry
favour with a risen Saviour
You already are His glory treasure
and He loves you beyond measure
It’s not your effort that will gain
you a seat in heavenly places
Jesus bore the cross and shame
so that forgiveness would embrace us
You don’t have to worry
as you go about your days
There’s no peace in stress and hurry
only in following His ways
You don’t need to do a thing
beyond believe in Him
and see how His sacrifice
offers us a renewed life
Rest easy, my friend
Seek the wonder of salvation
and eternity without end
for every person, tribe and nation
Relax and sense the flow
of His holy joy within
as you surrender and let go
trusting your life to Him