Even a small thorn causes pain.
~ Irish Proverb
1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
~ Romans 15:2
There is a fine balance between pouring yourself out and co-dependency. I recently attended a writer’s convention. It was demanding, exhausting, exhilarating. One young woman was feeling faint. She had been pushing herself all day, and was feeling the effects. I asked her when the last time she had any water was, and she couldn’t remember. We made our way to the closest vendor and got her some liquid. I sat with her while she drank. And when she was okay, I moved on. The old me would have hovered, bought a case of water, and followed her and possibly harangued her about remembering to drink her water. This time, I simply trusted that she would do the right thing because she is a smart person. (Thank you Deb!) This time, I passed the test of not overdoing.
Another friend of mine saw a friend in need and along with a group of others, told her that she was running herself into the ground. The woman did not take it well, it caused a lot of unpleasantness and hopefully she will right herself, or see that she needs to take stock of where she is.
All you can do is try, and then trust God. It is the hardest part. It is the part where the faith kicks in for all. It is why you are where you are today, because someone let go and let God.
I am holding on to you.
Because of Him,
Try and let go a little bit more,