Help Wanted

We have seen these signs before in restaurant windows and coffee shops where they usually are wanting applicants. They are normally posted at the front of the store or at the register so everyone can see it.

One place we should see this sign is on a person like a name tag. We always hide our help wanted signs when we need them the most. We don’t display it for all to see because we live in a world where if we don’t seem perfect or have it all together, we aren’t accepted. We are constantly struggling with something, but we don’t ask for help.

Recently, I had a friend share her sin struggles with me that she dealt with several months ago. I had no idea that she was going through any of that and I had even seen her shortly after she had been struggling. It made me realize we all hide parts of our lives from people we think will treat us differently or look at us differently. I know it’s tough to not worry about what people think or what they will say, but it’s necessary.

I have always struggled with letting my walls down and being honest with others around me because I have put my trust in people and they let me down. College taught me that you have to let walls down in order to grow as a person and grow in all relationships.

Seeking out help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strengthen. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are less of a person because of your struggle. Fight to overcome your struggles and find others who can help you. If you have struggled with a sin in the past, be willing to help someone who is currently struggling with that sin. We all need help sometimes, but most of us are too stubborn to get the help we need.

The Unknown

When I first typed out the title for this post, all I could think about was a scary movie. I assure you my post won’t be about a scary movie.

We all have this amazing organ inside of us that allows us to recall memories, move around, and daydream. This is our brain. Our brain can help us do wonderful things, all day, every day. We can recall what we had for dinner last night. We can think about our childhood. We can even recite information from years ago. We can also dream about the future and about what might happen.

This dreaming can be good and bad. It can be could because we can achieve our goals through just dreaming that we can accomplish something and then accomplish it in reality. It can be bad because we think of all of the horrible situations that might occur. Most of the time none of those situations that we come up with happen.

Those daydreams consumed with fear are what make us stop before acting. We may be going to a friend’s house out of town. We have never been there before and we come up with at least ten scenarios where we get kidnapped, break a bone, or embarrass ourselves. When in reality, none of that happens and you thoroughly enjoy your time there.

We do this process with everything that comes our way. No matter what is in our path, we always think of the unknown.

I have been an over thinker my entire life. I always think of what could go wrong in a situation mainly instead of what can go right. I build up this wall around the situation and look at it from every angle. It comes in handy sometimes, but not always. I can think and over think a situation so much that when it finally happens I wonder why I was so worried or I don’t enjoy it because I am expecting something else to happen. It has been a struggle of mine for a long time. I am finally starting to realize that my brain isn’t in charge of what might happen. God is in charge of what happens in our lives. It is amazing who and what can come into our lives and make a difference in a small way. They might only be there for a season, but sometimes they are there for a lifetime.

We have to look at every situation as a gift that God has given us. We have to cherish it and not think about what might happen. Sometimes we need to turn off our brains and listen to God. He will tell us what we need to worry about and He will take care of those bad situations.

Don’t let the unknown keep you from the now. God will take care of you and calm you mind and heart. You just have to ask Him.

Joy Bombs 

Jordan Lee, blogger, photographer, amazing person who is a stranger to me, is the base of this blog post. She posted a picture of her and her husband and the post said,

“In true adult fashion, today we went to Staples to buy office supplies. Our productivity? We bought thumb tacks and danced in the aisle when Shania Twain came on over their radio system. #priorities Now tell us: How do you experience joy bombs in the middle of your every day tasks?”

When I read this, I stopped and thought about joy bombs. I thought about all of the little things and moments in my life that make me joyful. Making brunch with my best friend. Sitting and talking with friends over the phone, in person, or through text messaging. Meeting new people and getting to know them. Praying to God about others people’s needs. Stepping on a crunchy leave. Smiling about fun things people have said to me in the past. Taking the time to be intentional with those around me. Singing a worship song in an empty house at the top of my lungs. Looking at a baby and making them laugh.

Joy is all around us. We need to make sure that we remind ourselves of the joyful bombs that happen and not the real bombs that satan brings. We need to be fighting for those joyful moments. They won’t always be there. Take the time to remember those joyful moments in life. Those moments that make you smile or laugh. Those moments where you were truly happy. Those are the moments to remember over the bad. God brings joy into our lives to show us how powerful and great He is.