In a song, Frank Sinatra said, “I did it my way!”
Many have tried to go it alone so they can proudly say, “I did it on my own, no one helped me to get here…”
How many of us have tried doing it, on our own, arriving at a point on our journey saying, “I did it my way, no one can claim they helped me get here”?
Just like we couldn’t be born on our own, we cannot go through life alone. It doesn’t matter how you get to where you now are, in life, many others played a role in helping you to reach where you are today. Those wingless angels may include:
- A parent who made many sacrifices to ensure you had the best education which now enables you to be in the position you are at work;
- A praying grandmother, who spent years on her knees for you, waking up at 3am in the morning calling your name to God;
- A husband or wife who made sacrifices to help you on your journey; fasting and praying for you etc.;
- Friends or groups of people (such as your church’s prayer team or people in various churches across the world).
You cannot make it alone. Every step on that ladder towards greatness, someone has helped you along the way (whether you are aware of it or not). A leader (in all aspects of life) needs the support of his followers in order to succeed. That means:
- A man cannot succeed in his role as a husband and a father without the support of his wife and children;
- A Pastor (charismatic or not) cannot succeed in his role as leader of that church unless the members support the vision God has given him/her for the church;
- An Employer cannot succeed without faithful and committed employees. Each of those employees daily make a sacrifice to be at work and focus on getting their portion of the day’s work completed.
The reverse of the above scenarios is also true. For example:
If a manager is not effective in his or her leadership, then the weight of that pressure will fall on bottom level employees. Eventually, those employees may fall under the pressure. Such employees could end up being unemployed due to work-related stress. Staff shortage could also lead to reduction in productivity which could later find other employees being made redundant or the company going into liquidation. Likewise, a pastor who fails to effectively lead the flock will find the sheep at risk of being attacked by the wolf or being scattered.
Do you find yourself trying to do it alone? If so, be reminded that God created us for relationship. We were created to serve each other. Recognise the help that God has surrounded you with and give thanks for the help he has provided through those people.
Adam was alone in the garden. God saw that it was not good for him to be alone. Therefore, he created a woman so that Adam could have companionship. God saw His workmanship and said, “It is good.” We were created for relationship—we were not created to go it alone.
If we make it a habit to pray in line with the Biblical pattern set for us (Matt. 6, Luke 18) we’ll find ourselves giving thanks for others (1Thes. 5:17-18) reaching out to others and recognising those we have previously taken for granted. God is working through individuals all around us, moment by moment. Sometimes we just need to stop for a moment and say, “Thank You Lord, for all that You are doing in my life, through others.”
You didn’t make it on your own. You cannot make it on your own. God created you (Gen. 1:27). He formed you and He knew you before you were even formed (Ps. 119:73). He made a way for you even before you were born. He has a plan (Jer. 29:11) for you and is working out that plan as you go through life—He does that through other human beings. The smile on that person’s face that cheered you up when you were down was God smiling at you—lifting you out of that pit you were sinking in. The delivery person, who handed that cheque in an envelope, was God providing for you (Matt. 6:31-34). The members of staff you came in and saw hard at work today is God’s way of protecting your business from going into liquidation. The clients purchasing your products forms part of God’s way of helping your business to grow.
We cannot make on our own. Think about it! Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in His own image. It then continues in chapter 2:18 to highlight the point of relationship: “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helpmeet for him” (KJV). In verses 21 and 22 we are told that God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam then He took a rib from him and from that rib He made a woman and brought her unto the man. God wants us to live in union one with another. We were created for relationship. We were created to serve each other.
I pray that we will go through 2014 with an improved attitude towards each other; I pray that we will seek ways in which we can serve others and not just live expecting to be served. I pray that we will daily give thanks for all that God is doing for us and through us. May we allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide and may we seek to be the light of Christ shining in our little corner of this world.
Happy serving in 2014!
God bless you on your journey!
Your sister in Christ,
Janice S Ramkissoon
20th January 2013
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