MidWeek Fellowship, April 14 through May 26
All you want is to show your out-of-town friends Falls Park. It’s a beautiful day, and everything is going according to plan. Suddenly a woman—filthy and with a stricken look on her face—is standing at your side mumbling a request for money.
Your first instinct is to buy your way out of the situation, but the moment you reach for your money you think: Didn’t someone tell you never to give them money? You’re supposed to buy them food (right?), but you don’t have time for that; you’ve already made your charitable donations, and besides, you didn’t ask to be blindsided like this. You say you’re sorry and keep moving. You make a mental note to ask somebody what it was you were supposed to do in that situation… again. Ugh.
This encounter ruins your mood for the rest of the afternoon. You can’t shake the misery you saw in her eyes, which makes you think about why you work so hard to make money, pay your bills, and avoid risk so that you never have to be in such a vulnerable position. In fact, you make yourself a vow: I will never ask anyone for help unless I have no other choice…
Over lunch, your out-of-town guests ask if you’ve found a church you like in Greenville. You hear yourself say, “You know, I just find that church doesn’t meet my needs.”
People who study human behavior say we have a deeply dysfunctional relationship with asking for help, receiving help, offering help and helping helpers. It comes at a cost: We don’t get the help we need, and we rob one another of our deeply felt need to be a helper.
In spite of this, there’s a lot of good news we need to hear! Let’s come together over scripture, interview the experts, and get the help we need to have a better relationship with…well… help. Invite a friend and join us!