The Power of Reaching Out and Why It Is Worth It By Arline Westmeier

There is a popular quote by Ziad K. Abdelnour, a Lebanese-American investment banker and financier, that goes like this, “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”

This powerful quote should apply to all Christians, regardless of their socioeconomic status and educational attainment, as well as their involvement in their respective church communities and capabilities in life. But why are many Christians reluctant to reach out to others for help?

Is it the pride thing or “I can do it on my own” mentality? Is it because Christians tend to rely on themselves more often as not to feel like a burden to other people? Is it because they want to control everything, or believe they are in control of everything? Or maybe they don’t want to be turned down or they refuse to accept anything that feels like a hand-out? Or is it because they think asking for help is a sign of weakness or admitting weakness or defeat?

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