Those who know me know that I can be pretty stubborn at times. I’m one of those people that if I start doing something, I don’t like to stop until it’s done. Or at the very least, until I feel I can no longer contribute anything else. In some ways, I think it’s a good trait of mine; I will work feverishly at something and putting absolutely everything I can into it. I will work and work and work until I can say with pride that I tried my best.
However, it also changes the pattern of my thinking on the subject if I’m not careful sometimes. My stubbornness in this manner can sometimes reveal one of my biggest weaknesses. Sometimes, I try to do it all on my own. Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in doing my things right, that I don’t focus on what others can offer. Greater yet, I’m not focused on what God has to offer.
Mankind was created with a purpose of stewardship. We were created to do a job. What that job looks like from one to another will obviously vary; we all have our unique gifts and talents. We know that in the beginning, after Creation, Adam was tasked with watching over the garden and all of the animals within it. Now, based on suggestive evidence in the Bible alone, this garden was a significantly large area. This wasn’t just your backyard garden. This wasn’t a few acres of farmland. This was a massive area, as suggested by the fact there are four different rivers listed in it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of too many geographic locations in close proximity that contain four rivers. This may be a weak argument, but feel free to investigate it for yourself.
My point is, this was a task that Adam was asked to do alone. I’m sure Adam was wanted to work just as hard – probably a lot harder – than I do in my stubborn moods. But God realized that Adam needed help (Genesis 2:18). So, GOD created another to help Adam. Enter Eve. I can’t make it clear enough here too, that Eve was not created to serve Adam or to be subservient to him. Eve was created as a partner to Adam, to work alongside him to better complete the same task that had originally been given to Adam.
From one of the very first stories in the Bible, the lesson that you can’t always do it on your own is there. The lesson is that sometimes there are other people in your life who are there to help you out and help you see things you wouldn’t usually see. And much like in the Genesis account, God will often plant those people in our lives right alongside us.
Side note: it was really tough for me to not make a pun about God planting Eve in the garden alongside Adam. But I got it in here, so we’re good. Sorry for putting you through that, but there’s some taste of my personality.
So, time to circle back on this to where I started. I sometimes put down my head to focus so hard on my work that my blinders prevent me from seeing the people around me that God has strategically placed to help me. This applies to when I can’t figure something out on a project at work, or to when there’s just some difficult part of life I’m facing.
My broken mind tells me that I’ll figure it out, or I can do it all by myself. When in reality, there are a number of people and resources abounding around me that I could be using.
I’m not saying that it’s necessarily wrong to be able to do those things without those outside resources. So, if you don’t always do that, you don’t have to think you’re such a terrible person. But know that you do have limitations; sometimes your knowledge or abilities will only go so far. What I’m really saying is that if you’re ever only doing it yourself, you may be making it a whole lot harder than it has to be.
When it comes to work, the people higher up the ladder than me are there for a reason: they’re really good at what they do, and I’m here to learn from them and someday to be able to pass that on. When it comes to schooling, the classmates – and especially the professors – I had were able to help explain difficult subjects. When it comes to sports, there’s a reason there are a number of different positions in just about every sport: everybody has that one particular area that they excel at. The beauty of all this is that it takes the sum of all these parts to make the picture as it is meant to be.
At the end of this all, just remember where those resources and abilities, in yourselves and in others comes from.
To God be the Glory.