Jul 302012

I try not to keep score.

But sometimes I fail.

Not because I want what I’m owed.

But because I despise owing others.

It’s simple pride, this not wanting to owe anyone.

To do it on my own.

To not need you or him or her.

Or to only need you as much as you need me.

Pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and refusing help may be the “American way.”

But when it comes down to it, not wanting to owe anyone goes against the very Gospel.

Do you struggle with not wanting to owe anyone?

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  7 Responses to “On Not Wanting to Owe Anyone”

  1. Such a good point. Yes. We have learned over the last few years to accept help. Our former pastor told me once, ” you are refusing someone else a blessing by not letting them help.” Ouch! But so true.

  2. Learning to accept help was very hard for me. God really had to humble me so I didn’t have much of a choice. Now accepting help has become much easier and welcomed.

  3. That is hard for us, too. Especially in seminary, we so didn’t want to owe people for our choice to go do this – which was really a strong God calling. But people blessed us anyway and we learned a huge trust lesson! People want to help and we need to accept the Spirit working through them, also.

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