Would You Hesitate To Ask?
I heard the other day about a roomful of doctors eating
together. One doctor got up from the table, left the room, and
in minutes he was dead. A morsel of food had lodged in his
windpipe, and so he choked to death.
The tragedy of this incident is heightened by the fact that
probably any one of those doctors could have performed the
Heimlich Maneuver or, if need be, a tracheotomy to restore his
breathing. But they did not know anything was wrong, he did
not tell them. He just got up, left, and died.
There is a lesson in here somewhere for those of us in the
church. A member has a problem in his life--a problem with is
marriage or his children, with alcohol, or money, or grief, or
loneliness, or depression, or whatever. He feels embarrassed
about his situation, so he does not tell his brothers and
sisters in Christ that he is struggling. Instead, he absents
himself or puts on a brave front and struggles all alone. And
sometimes he is crushed beneath the load, and no one knew until
it was to late.
The scriptures say, "Bear one another's burdens, and thus
fulfill the law of Christ" Gal. 6:2 That is one big reason why
Christ in His wisdom placed us together in His church-- to bear
one another's burdens. Of course, many problems cannot be
solved as quickly as that of a choking victim, but most problems
become more bearable when shared with our brethren.
Have you been keeping a problem to yourself that is about
to get you down? Why not share it with at least one of your
fellow Christians? Do not let false pride keep you from saying,
"I need help." We all do.