A Blog & Podcast by Frank Eriksen

Life is tough for many. Tough to meet expenses. And when an unexpected expense comes along, the stress can be overwhelming. Especially if the expense is medically based. There’s a tug of war in your heart. Do I get the treatment I need but can’t afford? Or should I go into debt to protect my health or that of a family member? You’re between the proverbial rock and a hard place. And then it gets worse – someone offers to pick up the tab for the treatment you need.

I’ve been on both sides of this situation. Not for medical treatment thankfully, but I understand the difficulty in accepting the help we so desperately need. And I must ask, why?

Pride. Plain and simple – it’s our pride. It’s one of the 7 deadly’s.

1 John 2:16
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

So how do we deal with our pride? By asking God to grant us the humility to accept help when we really need it. God has placed a person or persons (even strangers and Angels) in your path so that you might benefit in your time of need. Just as God gives us gifts such as talents, and skills that are unique to us, so He sends us help when we need it. If you’re struggling personally, financially, spiritually, or physically allow God to work through you by demonstrating your gift of humility by accepting the blessing He wants to bestow on you. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. Soon it may be your turn to help. When you hear that call, remember to serve as others have served you. All it takes is a smile and your story.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

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