Today I was involved in a conversation about the desire to help others in need
when this phrase made a huge impact on both of us:
“She needs to fix her own wagon before she can offer anyone else a ride.”
For some, it’s a natural instinct to want to help others in need.
This is a good thing and should be encouraged.
However, this becomes a serious challenge when you want to help someone but you are struggling with your own burdens
(financial, emotional, and/or physical).
If your own wagon is broken, it’s risky (& sometimes foolish)
to offer someone else a ride.
You could both end up in need of rescue when “the wheels fall off.”
The conversation was about someone else, but as is usually the case,
God showed me how this truth also applies to my own life.
(He’s so good at that! LOL)
“Fixing my wagon” is why I have to make my health a higher priority.
It’s why we have to get out (and stay out) of financial debt.
It’s why I have to make my relationship with God my first priority.
Everything good flows from that relationship:
…the love I have to give
…the encouragement that I can offer
…the grace that I will need to offer those who hurt me
… my Father God is the Source of all those good things.
When I neglect that connection to my Creator I end up parched,
with no water to offer those who thirst.
When I’m in financial debt,
I don’t have the funds readily available to help someone in need.
When I’m physically limited,
I cannot offer the help that may be necessary.
So here I am…once again…
making a decision to put my priorities back in order…
…so that I can use the wagon of my life to bless
he people that God puts in my path.
And once again, oh so grateful that my Best Friend is a carpenter.
“He who has been stealing must steal no longer,
but must work, doing something useful with his own hands,
that he may have something to share with those in need.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,
not for men, since you know that you will receive
an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12