No Help Needed…

“But I want to help you….you’re my brother!”  Chuckling, I listened as my 13 year old son proceeded to explain to his 5 year old sister, “I’m older than you. I don’t need you to help me.”  As the conversation progressed, I smiled in amusement as they came to an agreement and realized how often others (myself included) have the same attitude about help in life: “No thanks, I got this.”   No matter where the help comes from, we may resist it. A sign of weakness? Pride? Independence?  Insecurity?  I’m not sure. In another breath, how many times do we say the same to God, “No thanks, I got this” as we foolishly plow ahead proclaiming, “No worries, I am doing all of this for You, Lord!”

A great reminder for an independent soul:  “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD…”    Let me do everything with You.

 

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Scandal?

My favorite part of the New Testament is Jesus birth; not because of the mushy awesomeness of a Savior being born, but because of the way God chose for Him to come to us. Born to a young, unmarried teen, a teen that found favor with God, but definitely not the culture. An engaged teenage girl whose baby wasn’t her husband’s biological son: Yikes!! ((Stoning, anyone?!))

Oh, I love how His message calls to everyone not born in the sweet married circle of love. Jesus, our Lord, born in a circle of what the day considered scandalous. How amazing & heart catching is that?!