Those Who Ask

I heard a comment from the presi­dent of Coca-Cola the other day that has stuck with me. He was asked the question, “What sepa­rates those who achieve from those who do not?”

Typically we would imagine that the president of a major, multi-million dollar corporation would give answers like “goals, never giv­ing up, brains, organization, or good investments.” What he said shocked me. His answer was, “What separates those who achieve from those who do not is in direct proportion to one’s abil­ity to ask others for help.”

I thought that to be such a strange statement. I think most people are taught that asking for help with something is a sign of weakness, so we should therefore be independent in all that we do. But, I think Mr. Keough has touched on an important facet of our lives that we often fail to acknowledge.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8)

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Are we exposing our weaknesses when we ask God for help? I believe the answer is yes and no. Yes, we are admitting that we cannot bear and do all things without the help of God, but no we are not weak in doing so. In asking God for help we have strengthened our chances of overcoming whatever diffi­culty is before us and we should fear no more! Don’t forget that you have a heavenly Father that cares about you and listens to all of your requests. Prayer is not a weakness, it is a blessing! —Via Hamilton Herald

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