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posted: 4/30/2014 1:54 PM

Never be afraid to ask for help

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By Annettee Budzban

"I feel so sad that I feel as if I am dying. Stay here and keep awake with me."

-- Matthew 26:28 (CEV)

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It was cold and dark outside. My husband and I had settled in for a relaxing evening when we heard someone knocking at the back door.

Perplexed as to who it could be, my husband rushed to answer. Opening the door, he found our neighbor's young son standing on the other side. His family had a plumbing emergency that was overflowing beyond their ability to know how to stop it, and he was searching for some immediate help.

My husband ran next door to see if there was any way he could be of service. He was able to make a minor repair and called someone more qualified to fix the problem.

Are you willing to ask for help when you need it?

Sometimes people are afraid to ask for help because they may be a burden to another, or feel some sense of obligation to repay them for their service. Being full of pride can also be a deterrent to reaching out to another for their aid. It's sad to think that because of these reasons many needs go unmet.

However, I am not suggesting that we never do things for ourselves and just depend on someone else all the time. That stunts our ability to grow and mature. But there are times that we need some extra help and it's OK to ask someone.

When Jesus lived on the earth, he had human needs just like the rest of us. He had to be willing to ask for help.

The night before the capture that led to his crucifixion, Jesus asked his friends, the disciples, to stay awake with him and pray for his strength.

He knew what he was facing and needed some emotional support to help him go forward and fulfill God's purpose for his life. If Jesus was willing to ask for help when it was needed, why should we be any different?

We were created to help and serve each other. Being willing to ask others can benefit our lives so that we can move past a problem or fulfill a great need. Then, after we receive the help we need, we can show gratitude to God by helping another.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, inspirational speaker, life coach and nurse. She can be contacted at Annetteebudzban@aol.com or (847) 543-8413.

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