Coming up on finals week, there has been something that has dawned on me. Classes are starting to end and due dates for large final projects are quickly approaching. Tonight, as I was helping a friend finish up, he said, “There is no way I could have done this without you.” I looked at him and said, “That’s what other people are for. We have to help each other to get through life in this world.” I didn’t think much about it until I was in my car on the way back to my apartment and all I thought was, why do we always struggle and try to do everything ourselves? Are we as humans that over confident or prideful that we don’t want to ask for help from those around us?

Growing up, going through school, I personally never enjoyed studying by myself. I always did better when I was able to study with others or in groups. This helped me because I could see that others were struggling as well or at least the fact that teamwork really does help in the long run. As I put this into perspective, I simply thought about all of the personal struggles I had made it through in my life. To some, these struggle may be just tiny pebbles, but to me, these struggles were giant boulders blocking my path and weighing me down as I tried to hike to my goals. Every time something big comes my way, I continue to pile more and more on until I can carry absolutely nothing else. Then, I quickly run to my friends and family and have a breakdown. Why is it that with all of these things piling up, I don’t immediately turn to God? Isn’t he the one that will help me through it all? Doesn’t Philippians 4:13 say I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me?

We all go as far as we can without asking for help because we don’t want to seem weak. In my experience, I have found out that God made all of us in his image, but none of us are perfect. We each have different talents and when we put our talents together, that is when we can make the largest impact on the world. Never be scared or too prideful to ask for help. Never be afraid to stop what you are doing and just pray to God and ask for strength or guidance because we can’t do any of this alone. God put us on this earth together so that we may work together and act together to work through our struggles together. I’ll be honest, there is no way I would have made it through some stages in my life without my friends and my family around me. However, I know that the people in my life were brought to me by God because he is the one who I can always run to with struggles and he will take my burdens and tell me how to get away from them.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  – Psalm 46:1

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