No matter where we are in our lives, if we have any type of goal (spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, financial, etc), we all want a helping hand to help us rise up to the next level. Maybe we just want encouraging words to give us confidence. Or perhaps we want a mentor or colleagues to help guide our steps. Or maybe and quite literally, we want a hand reaching down to pull us up to the next level.
But if you’ve ever striven for something, you know that very few people are at the top, and most of us are climbing, evolving, hurdling towards our end goal. While this is very natural, it leaves an incredible gap in the process. If everyone wants to rise up, who is really left to provide that level of assistance?
So what’s the solution?
We are. And it’s quite simple because we can each provide the hand to the next person and pull them up beside us. We can all encourage others – even those along the same path.
Where we trip up is in our human frailty. Perhaps it’s fear of lack, a shortage of faith or simply put, greed. And maybe, it is an intense focus on the self and our own goals, causing us to miss what is needed by those around us. Whatever it may be for you, lean into it. Ask God to help you discern the choices you are making and the people you are investing in.
Are you only investing 100% in yourself and those that will advance your desires (i.e. self-serving)? Or are you spending some of that time investing in and encouraging others without expectation of return? If you only focus on yourself and what you are building, in the short-term, you’ll likely see positive results. In the long-term, you may even be successful. But with success taken without consideration of others, you will, with all certainty, come up empty.
So the questions to ponder (physically write down your answers to ensure you truly give this thought): Who do you want to be for others? With your goals, what are your desired outcomes? If you believe helping others rise up and success in your own goals cannot co-exist, lean into faith and God’s plan for you. If you believe there isn’t enough time, customers, [fill in the blank] for you to lift up others as you rise up, lean into faith and God’s plan for you. And, if you just want it all without concern for others along your path, lean into faith and God’s plan for you. There is more than enough for everyone to rise up together.
Who can you help along their path this week?
Meditation: Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. – Luke 16:10
Meditation: Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11