02 Feb Freed to Need One Another
 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:13-14
Why is it so hard to ask for help? Have you ever put together a swing set where the first thing on the instructions says “at least 2 people needed to assemble this item”? Why are we so stubborn and prideful when it comes to asking for help? Is it that we don’t want to inconvenience someone else? Maybe. Is it that you just find it easier to work by yourself? You know if you want it done right, do it yourself!
I remember watching my dad put together a swing set when I was a kid. At this time I was old enough to distinguish that swing sets came in two varieties: the first was the “Impossible to put together and you will most likely lose a limb” kind; and the second, “You will definitely end up in the ER today” kind. I think my dad bled more that day than most people do in a lifetime from the sharp metal posts and four billion screws. My dad refused to ask for help, and I am pretty sure he had already burned the bridge to asking mom to help him. I learned all the curse words I know that day!
Life is like that swing set. Not recommended to do it alone! Jesus told us that in this life we will have trouble – but take heart, Jesus has overcome the world. Life together in the Gospel is not to be done alone. Even when the world leaves us, Jesus will never forsake us. I love what Paul says in Galatians 5, we are freed to serve one another and love each other as we love ourselves!
This is how the gospel has been changing me over the years and still today. Yes, getting something accomplished by myself might be possible, but I miss out on doing life with others around me. I have had the opportunity to serve the Sharing shed at different times and my favorite part about that now is asking for and having people help me with it. The conversations, the laughter, the lives touched as we do life together are so encouraging. It’s not just everyday things though…life gets difficult, at times impossible. We need each other. I realized this more than ever when I lost my dad six months ago. Through that terrible time I have experienced much joy as I have sought help from people around me. More importantly, I have accepted so much help and support from people living out the call to be together in the Gospel, for the Gospel, to the Glory of God!
 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity! (ESV)