One sister commented: “I have found that when I am focusing on my own problems or trials, I’m not able to help others. I need to remember that God cares and He has everything under control. (I Peter 5:7) “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I needed to look outside myself and my problems, and work to help others.”
The enemy wants us to be sidelined when we are going through difficulties.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ“ (2 Corinthians 10:5)
If you let the enemy get you to think it is too hard then next he will have you imagining you are not too good at testifying or any other outreach. When everything seems to be going wrong, do something for someone else. You are then able to help others. When children get feeling sorry for themselves, it is good to tell them to do something for someone else. It gets their mind off their problems, and they realize things aren’t as bad as they were thinking.
Another shared, ”When I was first diagnosed with MS and wasn’t able to be in services often: I found that even coloring the BST folders (helping with the children’s Bible Story Time), just doing that little bit for God helped to keep me connected with the body of Christ.”
A brother then shared how “that about five years ago I faced the most difficult trial I’ve ever gone through. I knew that the middle of a trial was was no time to be pulling back from the work of God. If I hadn’t stayed busy with God’s work, I wouldn’t be here now. Because you are human, these trials can flood you and weigh you down. If the trial is all that is going through your mind, it will destroy you. You need a release, and the work of the Lord is that release. In doing God‘s work, that is where the grace will come to carry you through the trial. I have found I was really relying on the grace of God, and then I found that I was in a place to help others going through a similar trial. Someone is going to need to know that others have been through the same thing. If we sideline ourselves, we aren’t on the playing field where someone needs help. We have moved ourselves out of the right position.”