“If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength.” (Proverbs 24:10 New International Version)
Nobody ever wants to be thought of as weak. No one wants to be thought of as a failure. This proverb seems to be a harsh indictment and no one in their right mind would ever want to be the kind of person it is talking about.
But the reality is situations happen in our lives, in our businesses and our relationships where we do falter. We do fail. We come up short. Our strength, indeed, was small. So the question is what can we do to make sure we maintain our strength? How can we be strong?
I think one answer is actually found a few verses earlier where it says: “For waging war, you need guidance and for victory, many advisers.” We often think we have to be strong in and of ourselves or that we must accomplish everything by ourselves in order to be successful. But success, no matter in which area of our lives, is rarely achieved as a solo effort.
There is a story of a battle in the Biblical book of Exodus when Israel was fighting an army. As long as Moses’ hands were raised, they were winning. But Moses couldn’t keep his hands up all the time. So Aaron and Hur helped him to keep his hands raised so that the battle could be won.
I believe we should surround ourselves with smart individuals and who also, most importantly, have our best interests at heart. And when it looks like we’re about to make a mistake, those people will be there to point it out to us and help us make the best choices we could possibly make. They should be able to hold up our hands so to speak so that we can be victorious and whatever we do.
It’s not weak to ask for help; it’s a sign of strength. I think we are rich when we have people who in our personal, professional and recreational lives who care about us enough to hold us accountable and help us to be strong.
What do you think it takes to be strong in troubling times? Share with me in the comments below.
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