Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In Need of Support

There are many people who are in need of help in some shape or form but won’t ask because it is viewed in their minds as a sign of weakness.  We feel as if we must press forward even when we are struggling because we should be able to handle whatever we are facing on our own.

I had this very thought the other morning while walking on the treadmill.  Initially when I decided to start eating better and exercising my plan was to walk at a reasonable pace on the treadmill 3xs a week and push myself a little more on two other days.  Having the easy days alternating really helped to encourage me to get through my harder days.  Well this week I felt like I would be able to do the harder walk for all 5 days.  The first day was fine and the second day was ok as well, so on the third day I decided I would try to complete my time without holding on to the bars for support.

As I attempted this I struggled and felt a little defeated.  I tried to push through and I although I needed the help that was present, meaning the bars, I felt that holding onto them was me being weak. Then I felt God speak to me and let me know that reaching out for help when I needed it was fine.  He reminded me that the bars were that for that very reason.  To be my support when I needed it the most.

2nd Corithians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”

Here I was trying to be strong on my own when I was feeling weak and I didn’t have to.  All I had to do was to reach out to the support that was right there by my side and rest.  I could finish my walk without needing to do it on my own.  One day when I am stronger I will be able to walk on my own.  But for now, I have comfort in knowing that when I reach out for help it is a sign of humility and strength not one of weakness.



  1. Treadmill bars, Bibles, Husbands, friends in Faith, sermons, music.......whatever! Keep reaching out and He will be there in all those means. Thank you Father for all Your provisions to us, a weak people :)

    1. So true. Don't know where I would be without all the support He has given me through the years.