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There Are No Easy Answers
By Russell Phillips M.A., L.M.H.C
I heard this comment by Dr. Joy
Brown, a radio psychologist, one evening on my way home
from work: "Most of the answers are simple. They are
just not easy." As I reflected on this, it seemed to be
a profound truth. I would like to share some seemingly
simple answers, from a spiritual perspective. The
problem with answers that sound simple is that they are
often much more difficult to put into practice.
Sometimes, though, in order to do what is emotionally
healthy, we must take the more difficult path.
1. People who are giving to others need to be in
relationships with other giving people.
Some of us will give until we are dried up, believing
that sacrificial giving will sustain us, "It is what God
is asking of me." Yet we begin to notice that we are
easily irritated, tired and uninterested in things that
used to hold our attention. We pray, and ask God to help
us with these symptoms and then become frustrated when
He doesn't seem to be answering our prayers.
But the answer to our prayers may be that we should be
utilizing the resources God has put into our lives. We
should develop relationships with the people he has
placed in our world, the people who can give back to us
with love and assistance.
God wants to take care of us and will surround those of
us who are in positions of taking care of others with
caring, loving people to sustain us. We may need to open
our eyes and see them, as well as be willing to spend
time receiving from them.
It seems that across the nation, not just in our own
homes, caregivers do not ask for the help they need. And
if they do, and are refused, they do not ask again. The
difficult task is to keep asking. Someone will answer
the call; whether moved by our need or by the hand of
God, they will answer.