How many people have I sincerely offered to help whom have refused me? If sincerity were not applied to this question, I would come with a ready answer of many or countless. However, the truth of the matter is ‘sincerely’ shifts the entire paradigm and makes this quite a loaded question.
In my offering to help others, sometimes I would become upset when they refused or didn’t accept my help in a manner I deemed acceptable. There were other times when I just threw in the towel and said, “Well, I tried”. Was it really about helping another or did my ego need stroking? Did I feel the need to be in a position of superiority or authority? Again my ego.
There is never a need for my anger or despair when offering help to another. It is, after all, help, and not a legislative mandate. No one has to receive my help because I offered. And if my help does not coming from a place of LOVE, is it help at all?
When a person is ready for help they need, they will seek it. I have learned that my responsibility and position during this season is to LOVE, PRAY, LIVE, and acknowledge that we must be ready to help before we receive it. Our change comes when we offer the same compassion Jesus offered those He ministered to, never forcing and always LOVING.