It is most difficult to ask people to help for one's self. I am chief of self-sufficiency, and need no one to help me. It took an addiction to alcohol, and nearly two decades of riotous living, to prove myself wrong. Crawling into recovery meetings at the local AA group, was a light shining brightly on my inability to be free, and humbly ask for help. I still struggle with asking people to help me do anything, but I must break every delusion of self in order to be transformed into what God has designed me to become, and to be a solid help to others.
"..He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 'God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.' Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you."
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and HE will lift you up." James 4:6-7, 10 (NKJV)
To a great extent, I have been broken, humbled to realize that I am clay. I need God to fix every little part of me that I want to control. I ask for help to be free of my addiction to alcohol, and freedom came. So why do I fight so hard to hang onto areas that are damaged? Maybe it's because I am an American, we don't need help for anything! Or perhaps it is my strong Irish heritage...that's it, or it could be my mother's side of the family is half Scots, half Irish. Scots are a proud people too. None of these play a part in my self-sufficient pride. It isn't self-sufficiency that is the problem. It is rebelliousness, the fallen nature I sport. God knows this about you and me, and patiently waits for our awareness, conforming to His will, so we can take the next step in spiritual freedom and personal growth.
In recovery meetings, the sessions always begin with reading "How it Works," taken from AA's Big Book, and regarding the steps to recovery. Every recovery program I am aware of has a similar beginning to their meetings. If you read this literature, "WE" is the word, it's all about we. WE need each other. WE need God's help. WE need to ask for that help. Don't allow pride to stunt your growth.
One last request. There is a young late-teen girl in a diabetic coma. I have known her since she was seven, and she was only nine when diagnosed with diabetes. She has never had parental direction, dad is an alcoholic, mother a drug addict that floated in and out of the young girls life. She has been responsible for her controlling the diabetes. She didn't do that very well at all, spending time in and out of the hospital. Please pray for her, her life is hanging by a thread. She thinks nobody cares, she has no value. Please care, ask God to heal her in this present need, and when she is released, to put people in her life that understand and will help her deal with her conditions, body, soul, and spirit.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.