Self-Reliance: An Unwise Habit
Imagine walking through a crowded airport. You cannot move without bumping into someone, you’re late for your flight, and the wheels just broke on your over-packed suitcase. With no other option, you are forced to carry the luggage in your arms and slowly maneuver through the congested lobby toward the ticketing area.
Almost immediately, a young man approaches and offers to carry your bags, but you refuse, saying, “No, thanks. I can do it myself.” Realizing that the ticket counter is two levels up, you make your way to the stairs. Someone asks, “Wouldn’t it be easier to take the elevator? It’s right over there.” But you reply, “No, I can do it myself.”
As you finally make it to the top of the staircase, your arms feel numb from the pressure of your bags. Your legs are starting to buckle from the weight. Your back aches from supporting the heavy load. Then you spot a collection of unused baggage carts but ignore them, thinking, No, I can do it myself.
This is a silly story, isn’t it? Who would prefer to carry such a heavy burden, ignoring every opportunity to set it down? Yet many believers are doing just that.
Our heavenly Father has called us to lay our cares at His feet. But when we fail to come to Him in prayer, we are just as foolish as the person staggering through the airport, mumbling, “I can do it myself.”
Are you trying to carry a burden that is greater than you can bear? Don’t ignore God’s offer to help. The truth is, we really can’t “do it ourselves”—and He never wanted us to try. (DJS)