Passion Post#2: Let Someone Else Pour
I was browsing through Netflix and I came across this show called Sweet Magnolias. I was hesitant to start watching the show because it seemed too corny for my liking (I prefer psycho-thrillers and superhero films). While there are some cheesy moments, I appreciate the valuable life lessons that each episode imparts to viewers. One lesson was the importance of vulnerability and finding comfort by reaching out to others. This lesson came in the third episode entitled, “Give Drink to the Thirsty.” At the episode’s midpoint, Helen, a dynamic lawyer, turns to a priest for help once she faces challenges in opening her new business. After Helen expresses her frustrations, the priest gives her some advice about asking others for help.
The priest made Helen realize that “the person standing behind the lemonade stand often forgets that she gets thirsty too.” She continues, “You forget how to let someone else pour for you.” This message opened my eyes to a certain pattern in my own life. I, too, allow myself to get caught up in “running the lemonade stand.” I always try to be in control of my life or help others with their problems. I sometimes forget to reach out to my family and friends for help with my own issues.
Vulnerability is never easy, but it allows us to have a strong emotional connection with others. I’m learning every day that I need to start asking people for help. Although I’m currently in a difficult season, I must seek support from friends and family. Isolation and self-sufficiency prevent unity and authenticity. God doesn’t want us to live in loneliness (Genesis 2:18). He created us for community and fellowship with one another, even during the tough times. We need to realize that it’s okay to reach out to others when we are in need. God calls us to “confess [our] sins to one another and pray for one another, that [we] may be healed” (James 5:16).
If you ever find yourself tirelessly operating your lemonade stand, always remember that it’s okay to stop and ask someone to pour you a drink.
“As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.”
– Proverbs 27:17