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By Andrew Greenhalgh, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
“HELP! I need somebody. HELP! Not just anybody. HELP! You know I need someone. HELP!”
As I may have mentioned before, I like the Beatles. So it was inevitable that Help! should pop into my head when I sat down to write this blog.
The Fab Four’s 1965 single Help! is one of the most honest and desperate songs to ever top the UK charts. It was a heartfelt plea for, well, help. From one of the four richest, most famous and most popular men on the planet at that time.
The reason Help! is so unusual and, nearly 50 years on, remains one of the most honest and desperate songs to ever top the UK charts is that we don’t like asking for help, do we?
Maybe we see it as a sign of weakness. Maybe we don’t like to impose on others. Maybe, whisper it, we don’t think anybody else can do it quite as well as we can.
There are many, many reasons why we need to be ready to ask for help more often than we do. Firstly, people like to help. I’ll give you an example.
On Sunday, at Jubilee, I had finished setting up the youth session ahead of the meeting. It was about 9.50am. I wandered through the hall where Mrs Frodsham was busy chopping up Danish pastries and laying them out. I asked if I could help and duly got stuck in, as did one of our younger Flames-age members.
I say this not to elicit praise but because being able to help Nicki was a huge blessing for me. I love helping. I’m not a practical chap so when I can help in any way, I love being able to do it. It gives me joy and brings me closer to God. I’m not joking!
I’m quite confident about offering to help, but others aren’t, even though they might want to. So by not asking for help we’re actually not helping them to share their gifts – of helping or of doing whatever it is that they are gifted to do.
Secondly, it is good to ask for help because it shows humility. If you don’t believe me, then look at it from this perspective: If you don’t, you are basically saying to the world that you can do absolutely anything better than anybody else in the whole world. Why should you need anyone’s help?
Thirdly, somebody else will almost certainly have a different way of looking at something from you. A way that might just help you. A problem shared is a problem halved and all that.
Finally, because if you don’t ask for help, how are you going to ask God for help? He wants you to ask Him!
Just to make sure we don’t miss it, God sprinkles verses about asking for help through the Bible like confetti.
This one, for example, from Matthew 7: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Or this one, from John 14: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” Or maybe this one, from Psalms 121: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.”
Promise me you’ll do at least one of these two things in the next week.
- Ask God for help with something and tell me what happened.
- Ask someone else in your life for some help with something and tell me what happened.
- Ask someone in your life if you can help them.
I want to hear back from you.
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Andrew Greenhalgh with his wife Julie
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Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?