Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
As Christians, we must reach others. We are to love and help one another. There are actually four major types of reaching.
Reaching out is the act of giving and receiving from someone on your own level. This type of reaching is effortless and doesn't cause you to strain and stretch at all. Anyone can reach out without extending self. It's important to reach out, but it is more important to reach down.
Reaching down is the act of coming down off our high horses to help someone beneath us. It is pulling someone up out of the mud and miry clay even if it means getting some mud on ourselves
Reaching up is the act of admitting that we are down, and we ask someone else for help. It is putting aside pride to say, "I need you. Please help me!"
Reaching in is the only type of reaching you can do without someone else. Reaching in is an individual thing that only you can do. In the midnight hour when you are without family or friends, you can reach deep within yourself and ask God to cleanse you through and through and mold and shape you into the person He wants you to be. It is only after reaching in that we can do effectively the other types of reaching!
How do you reach: out, down, up, or in?
Reflect on the above question during this Lenten season.
You are invited to read and meditate on the Lenten for Day 39.