a little help

Even as I am trying to write this I have little hands pulling at the laptop and trying to hit the keys. My little cruising princess just loves to try and get involved in whatever her daddy is doing. She wants to “help”. and it doesn’t seem to change with age. Although I don’t often need much help in creating garden hose puddles the size of Huron in my back yard or picking all of the neighbors flowers (these were well intentioned). But I find that help comes in all shapes and varieties and in all seasons. Take for example the overwhelming generosity poured out on my family and I during some difficult times lately. Whether it was meals prepared, children watched or even help picking up the yard, we appreciated the help in this season. But this is really what it is all about isn’t it.

I always marvel about how weak we as humans are. I heard it put crudely the other day that we as humans enter the world wearing diapers and exit it the same way.* Really we are one of the weaker species on this planet. Most animals, at least mammals, if left alone a few months after birth would be able to survive. However humans…we require a bit more attention, help if you will. I am pretty sure even my four-year-old wouldn’t make it for too long without someone guarding over him and helping him. But I think that is also one of the amazing things about God’s COQNQTQ~ (Ainsley’s typing) design in creating us. We need each other. In fact, our salvation is often found in serving each other. Hebrews 6:9-11 puts it this way; “Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.”

Our salvation is often fully displayed and realized in service to others. So we serve, we help, we live communally as God intended. We cannot make it on our own…In fact Ringo wasn’t too far off, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” So thank you to all who have helped me get by as of recently. And I am sure I will have time to serve you in another season. For we hold each other up in things that have to do with salvation. And we all need a little help sometimes.

* I actually had to pause while typing this to change a diaper.

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