"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. " Proverbs 26:12 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Leaning does not come easily to most of us. Today's culture lifts up personal independence as such a virtue that we have developed an "I can do it myself" mentality. We often see leaning as a sign of weakness.
I can deal with this situation myself—I don't need anyone's help. ... I don't have to visit those porno websites—I can stop whenever I want to. ... I don't need any help with my son; he will straighten up. ... I don't want your charity—I am getting along just fine.
It is OK to lean—in fact, according to the Bible if we are wise we will recognize our need for God's help. And sometimes he sends that help through other people.
Are you dealing with a challenge, a problem, that is causing you frustration and stress? It's a sign of wisdom—not weakness—to ask God for help.
Father, I have always wanted to feel that I could handle whatever life brings me on my own. I recognize now what a mistake that has been and ask for your help in this situation. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Authentic Living in an Artificial World by Dr. Mike Chapman. This 45-minute group study gives understanding about what it means to be real. The facilitator's guide includes reproducible group member study sheets and an audio CD designed to help facilitators prepare for each session. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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