The Lone Ranger

I don’t remember what I did, but I do remember I bent down to lift something heavy. In my head, I heard a small voice, “More knees and less back. I should stop and ask my husband for help. I’m going to pay for this.”  As it turns out, I did not listen to the Godly voice, and I paid for my “I’ll do it myself” attitude.

Soon it hurt to sit, it hurt to stand, it hurt to walk. Even when I laid down, I needed an extra pillow to find a comfortable position. My lower back was not at all happy. The following day, I rotated a heating pad, ice pack, and an electrical massage device to help quell the biting pain.

My sweet husband spent days helping me with every little thing. Imagine the difference if I had stopped and asked him to help initially. On day three, I finally sent prayer requests to my close friends. They prayed, I healed, and life returned to normal.

This is not the first time I acted as a Lone Ranger. It is a lesson I hope not to repeat. My personal prayers were full of confession. “Lord, forgive me for ignoring your direction. I recognize my stubbornness in wanting to do things on my own without help. Give me the humility to ask for and allow others to help.”

I ended up hurting myself because I didn’t listen. I cared more about doing something on my own than asking for help. How often does our pride get in the way from asking others for help? I looked up the familiar Proverb 16:18 verse.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. NIV

First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. MSG

Ouch. When I am honest, I realize I spend way too much time focused on doing things on my own so as not to bother anyone and to be able to say, “Look what I did.” Paul addressed this in 1 Corinthians 4:3-4. Paul’s focus turned from what others thought about him, from what he thought about himself, to the only thing that mattered and matters to us today. God’s thoughts.

I desire to turn from Lone Ranger’s actions to actions that honor God.

A = Admit I am weak and need help, especially God’s help. I need to prioritize God’s thoughts over all others.

C = Claim God’s truth. Recognize the Lord’s direction and accept His authority.

T = Tell others of my weakness. I cannot do life on my own. I need God, and I need other Godly people in my life to help me.

I am thankful for my church and First Place For Health family who serve as guideposts and helpers. I am not alone.

When is the last time you asked for help?

Helen Baratta, Director of Development for First Place for Health. She facilitates the Level 3 Membership Level. She is the author of My Place for Leadership included in the My Place Leader’s Kit and Restored! Embracing Weight Loss God’s Way available at our online bookstore. Helen encourages everyone to embrace change and say “Yes” to all God has planned.