Pull power?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you ever find yourself pulling real hard to get something done, but getting discouraged? Is it that we don’t like to do something if we think we’re the only one pulling? Well, does that apply to others in our lives who might need some pulling as well? Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

"It just isn't fair." Funny how fairness, or our often felt feelings of "being the only one" can often lead us to stop trying. I have a friend who works in a large, corporate setting. She's been there for many years and has long seen her place of employment as a home, not just a place to work. She took great pride in her job and serving her customers. But recently she called me to express her deep discouragement. Her hours had been recently cut and she had lost some of the benefits that she had accrued over 20 years of working. The worst part of it was she felt alone, like the only one dealing with the unfairness of the situation. Worse yet, she had convinced herself that it just wasn't worth trying anymore. "Nobody cared or understood." she told me. Then, just a day later I heard from her again. It seems that she had received an encouraging email from a co-worker praising her worth and encouraging her to seek another position somewhere else. Just one email changed her attitude overnight. Why? She found out she wasn't alone. Others were willing to carry part of her burden. Here's a story: A man drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't move. Then the farmer hollered, "Pull, Buster, pull!" Buddy didn't respond. Once more the farmer commanded, "Pull, Coco, pull!" Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was thankful and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try!" (Author unknown.) We're a lot like Buddy or that friend of mine who felt alone on the job. We don't like to do something if we think we're the only one pulling. Need an example? Ever said, "Why should I pour my time and effort into the work of the church? No one else seems to care!" Or, "Why should I put forth the extra effort to do a good job at work? No one else does, and it wouldn't be appreciated anyway!" Or, "Why should I be nice to him? He's certainly not going to make any effort to be nice to me!" It's easy to get into this mode of thought when we feel alone, unsupported and uniquely downtrodden. Guess what? We're never in this alone. The fact of the matter is, however, feeling alone when the burden is heavy happens pretty quickly. That's why you and I should always be alert and watchful of those around us. Are they bearing up or are they cast down? When they are weak, we need to be strong. When they have come apart, we need to build up. Is there someone in your life today who feels isolated and alone? All they may need is a simple word or caring touch and pull they will.

We pray. Dear Lord. Life is full of hardships and difficult times when we feeling that we might be going it all alone, no one to help and no one to give us a helping hand out of the troubles we find ourselves in. Yet Lord these time only tune us into the plight of others who may be needing our help to pull them through times that may be even tougher than ours. Forgive us Lord when we fail to see that others may need us just as much as we need them. Perhaps all they need is a few words of encouragement to get them through something they just thought they would never be able to do on their own Help us to find those opportunities. In Jesus name. Amen! Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else. If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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