Over the last several months, I have been working with a guy on a project. Actually a small part of a much larger project. He was putting together some specs and a bid, but on the day they were due gave me a call. It seems life had caught up with him. He had been trying to out run it. Work harder and hope that they went away. The issues dealt with his family, but it was starting to affect his work and he acknowledged that.
After hearing his story, not knowing what else to do, I prayed with him. I would love to say, this is always my initial response, but many times when you are faced with someone else's adversity, it is much easier to say you will or realising there is nothing you can do, let the opportunity pass you by.
Two days later he called me back. You could hear a change in his voice. Did it turn out the way he had hope. Not exactly, but he was at peace with the outcome. He was looking at the challenge in a new way, and at what responsibility he had in the situation. Instead of fighting, he said he needed to seek forgiveness.
While he was appreciative of the time I took with him and the prayers, I must say, I got as much as I gave just listening to how his perspective had changed and how he was going to approach it going forward. In giving the help, I found the help I needed.
What keeps you from asking for help? or giving help?