There are always critical moves of assistance before a great touchdown, an awesome basket, a completed kick for a goal, making the winning point or finishing a race in record-breaking time. Athletes are spurred on by coaches who help them prepare and by fellow team members who challenge and assist. TO PROP for strong outcomes is a good thing.
Propping up those in need reflects the mercy-filled character of God. In return there is often a broad smile of thanks from them. But it is the affirming smile of God that fills up our hearts…
“Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, who pays back those loans in full.” Proverbs 19:17 The Message
When to PROP NOT is another matter. Rescuing others can be ill-fated, dangerous and downright fruitless. Unwanted or un-needed assistance may inhibit the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical growth of another. Beware, choosing not to prop may result in temporary outbursts of anger from the one who is not helped…
Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse. Proverbs 19:19 The Message
Controlling the urge TO PROP can promote great strength and productivity in someone who tends to unnecessarily lean on those around them. As they weather the great storms of life fertile grounds of strength are plowed within them which, in turn, produce the fruit of Christ-like character.
...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NIV
PRAYER OF COMMITMENT: Lord, today I ask for wisdom to know when TO PROP and when to NOT. Thank you for those who have shown your merciful kindness to me. Thank you, too, for building your character in me when I was NOT PROPPED by others during the unwanted storms of life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
To prop up another when they cannot move is pure valor -
To prop up another when they choose not move is mere Velcro. ~unknown
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in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.