We Need Each Other

This past Saturday, our family was out putting up Shoreline West door hangers in a nearby West neighborhood. We do this each week, along with some of the West leaders, to help spread the word about Shoreline West and invite people to our church. We love to bring our children along when we go. David, Russel and I walk. The younger three bring their scooters, because they can go further and faster with them than they are able to go on foot.

As we were finishing up the neighborhood; Kylie, Brendan and I split up from the others to go down one last street. As we walked past the first few houses on each side, we soon realized the houses were ending and there was just park land beyond them, so we turned around to head back to the car. As soon as we did, we realized how big the hill was we had just walked down. We had no choice but to go back up!

At one point, as I was walking up the hill, I looked back and found my daughter standing on the sidewalk, with her shoulders slumped, and her scooter on the ground beside her. By that time, Kylie (who’s just 6 years old), was getting pretty tired. When I called to her, she said she could not make it any further. I was a few yards ahead of her, and I told her, “If you can make it to me, I will pull you the rest of the way.” She slowly picked up her scooter and started riding toward me. When she caught up,  I reached down and grabbed the handlebars of her scooter, and pulled her the rest of the way up the hill(and got a good arm work out of my own). 🙂

This story illustrates what life can be like for us sometimes. We can face mountains that seem unclimbable, situations that make us feel like we should just quit – that we can’t go any further, are too tired, too young, too old, too weak. We can feel isolated and alone in our feelings when those times come. We first need to remind ourselves, when those thoughts rise up, that we are never alone. We always have Jesus with us. The bible says He never leaves us nor does he ever forsake us. Crying out to him brings strength and empowerment to keep going. We also have the people God has placed in  our world, to reach out to for support and encouragement when needed.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

There is so much wisdom for life in these verses! Together we are stronger and better equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. When you feel those challenging moments come, remember to look up at Jesus, and call out to those in your world who can be a support to you.


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