There’s a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which has been planted!
Accepting help is something that many of us struggle with because we feel it’s a sign of weakness. The idea of letting others know that we don’t have all the answers creates a sense of insecurity. Maybe that’s why there are so many people out there who fall so hard from their pedestals. Well-loved movie stars suddenly end it all because they can’t continue living the lie of seemingly having it all together. It’s become a familiar sight to see sports stars, who are role models to millions, fall from grace. Even Christian leaders, who continually act the part of having a perfect life with no problems, end up disappointing so many of their “followers” by messing up in some way or another. All of us need to accept the fact that we have flaws. And at some point in our lives, we all need to accept a helping hand. It’s not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of realness. And being real is what the world needs more than anything.
However, we can also go to the other extreme by just wanting to pluck and never being willing to plant. You see, when there are too many people simply wanting to eat, and there are not enough people willing to sow, there will be a famine. We are creating a society where the majority is stuffing themselves, while a few are working themselves to a standstill to get food on the communal table! Too many people are simply waiting for a handout without wanting to contribute to help those who really need it. Those who choose to live a life always taking what they can get, without considering what they can give, need a kick in the pants. And the sad thing is that so many Christians fall into this category. We are in it because of what God can give us and what He can do for us, when, in fact, we should be in it because of what we want to do for Him!
J. F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That’s such a great way the approach life. By having that attitude, we will become part of the solution instead of contributing even further to the problem. It’s time we stop adopting a sense of entitlement, and start living a life of service. Because only then, are we living the part we have been given by God.