Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Cos you need help


We should all take pride in what we do. We work harder and longer to show we’re the most competent person around—nothing wrong with having strong work ethics. But every now and then it’s good to ask for help—there’s no point in burning out.

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When God created the Earth he did it in 7 days and all by himself, but when he was done, he created a man to help him tend the gardens and look after the animals. Next, he fashioned a woman to help with these tasks, and he blessed her and enabled her, through childbirth, to create more people to help (Genesis 1: 26-31). 

Nothing wrong with having a little help; no man can do it all alone. Looking around our world today we see men and women with lots of health challenges, marriages on the rocks, and children growing up on their own or too fast. All because today’s men and women have taken it upon themselves to be the Superman/woman we all watched and acknowledged as a myth.

We have only 24 hours in the day, yet we cram it with activities upon activities, meetings on meetings, assignments on assignments, and leave very little time to take a breather. If God, who created the entire world, could ask for help, you and I are no better.

So, before you take on that new assignment or continue with your old regime, ask yourselves the following: Where do I need help? Who can I ask to assist? Do I need to delegate at work? Please do, and ignore the temptation to do it all for the sake of vain glory. Are you overwhelmed with raising your kids? Ask a family member to step in from time to time and get some much needed rest. Trying to build a business? Don’t count on your strength and creativity alone. Connect with a mentor that has been there and done that to guide you through the process.

The whole point of asking for help is to reduce your stress level and take it all in stride. We’ve all got one life to live and it’s important it’s a full and rich one, not one laden with activities. Pace yourself today, ask for help where required, take some time—even a short break—to enjoy life, and rest.

Take a cue from the Creator of the Earth: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” (Genesis 2:2).

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