We Need Eachother.


“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” - Proverbs 27:17


I used to think that keeping my struggles to myself made me appear strong, but it actually made me look weak. There's healing in sharing.

When I was about 8-years-old, I took a trip to Baltimore with my grandma. This was the first time I ever spent an extended period with my grandma without my siblings.

The next-door neighbors took my sister away on a cruise, so because my parents didn’t want me to feel left out, they arranged for my grandma to take me on a “special” trip.

My grandma and I stayed at my cousin’s house, which was exciting because I didn’t know any of my family on my mom’s side at the time.

One night, I got up to use the bathroom so I wouldn’t wet the bed. When I went to the bathroom, I realized that someone was in it.

My grandma wasn’t in bed but I wasn’t sure if it was her or not in the bathroom. So, instead of knocking on the door, I decided to just stand at the door and wait.

And wait.

And wait some more.

I waited for what seemed like forever, but I just couldn’t hold my pee in anymore. So, I let it out, and it got all over the floor 🙈.

I was embarrassed. I should’ve just knocked on the door and told the person who was in the bathroom that I needed to go bad, but I was too shy to speak up for myself.

I’ve been thinking about how that story applies to our lives, and a thought came to me. When you keep your struggles to yourself, the situation often worsens.

There are many times when people “suffer in silence.” They don’t share what they’re going through with anyone and isolate themselves in hopes of being able to figure it out on their own.

You don’t have to and shouldn’t confide in everyone, but you should confide in someone. The body of Christ (other believers) is here to encourage and support you.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” - Proverbs 27:17

There have been times when I was going through some major challenges and I didn’t feel like going to church. I knew someone would ask me how I was doing, and I wasn’t going to lie.

I knew I would probably verbally vomit on that person, and I didn’t want anyone to know I was hurting. I didn’t want to seem weak.

One specific time I remember going to church, and my fear was realized—someone asked me how I was doing. I shared what I was going through, but something unexpected happened.

The person I confided in had gone through something similar.

She prayed for me and encouraged me by her testimony. And before I knew it, all of the weight that I was carrying was lifted.

When you don't tell anyone about your struggles, it's like throwing a grenade on yourself and expecting not to blow up. Eventually, what you're going through will come out, and if you don't take control of what's going on inside of you, what's going on will control you.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

- James 5:16

There’s healing in confession.

I love Hezekiah Walker’s song, “I Need You To Survive.” It goes like this:

I need you, you need me.

We're all a part of God's body.

Stand with me, agree with me.

We're all a part of God's body.

It is his will, that every need be supplied.

You are important to me, I need you to survive.

You are important to me, I need you to survive.

I pray for you, You pray for me.

I love you, I need you to survive.

I won't harm you with words from my mouth.

I love you, I need you to survive.

It is his will, that every need be supplied.

You are important to me, I need you to survive.

Life isn’t always easy. We need each other if we're going to survive this Christian walk.

If you aren’t a part of a local church, join one. If you’re already in a church, join a small group.

Most of my closest relationships today came from joining small groups in my church.

Step out of your comfort zone, and find another believer who you can confide in. And when God helps you to overcome your situation, share your victory with someone else so they can be encouraged too.

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Do great things with God.

- Mags