you know the Chinese proverb...give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime... ??
At church an elderly man asked me if I needed anything, I told him that I had told my SS class that I need someone to show me how to start my blasted weed-eater. (I have only heard putters from it when I have attempted...mocking putters in my opinion.) I then told him that I won't get kicked out of government quarters for long grass along my fence line, so I am really doing pretty well. He replied, "I will come over tomorrow, and trim your yard." I quoted the old proverb, and told him I really just want to learn HOW to do it.
You might not know this about me, but I am a bit of a ball of contradictions, while I am very dependent in some regards...I think Dad used to cut my steak for me through at least 10th grade, and the first time I mowed a yard I was 31...in other ways I am quite independent, moving to California, and then to Africa demonstrate this well.
For some reason, with the weed-eating, I want to be independent, I want to do it myself.
But, sometimes others want to give us a fish. And I think sometimes it is wrong to not allow them that honor. I am learning this, learning to accept help, learning to stand and watch, rather than to struggle through it alone. Humbling? yes; uncomfortable? most definitely. Part of being a member of the body of Christ? I do believe so.
Sometimes it is difficult to know when to accept a fish and when to ask for a lesson.
Yesterday, I got both. My lawn was trimmed and I received a tutorial on all things weed-eater. Tomorrow I am going to try to fire that thing up on my own. Lord willing, someday I might be able to show someone else how to do it...