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Here’s Why it’s Important to Stop When You or Someone Else is Stuck

I hope that - when you get snared in the trappings of life - there's someone willing to help you get unstuck. They or you may not realize it at the time - but they are more than likely able to help you. The willingness is the more important part.

I recently stopped my drive to work to help someone whose car was stuck in a snowy driveway. There was nothing to force me to do that. And I certainly didn’t want to get out of my car, which was just starting to warm up.

But I had to stop – and I’ll tell you why in a moment.

If you’re like most people, you’re starting to look back on the year and are wondering where the heck the time went! You’re probably also wondering how you overcame many challenges. Maybe you’re even wondering how you survived some of those circumstances.

There is no certain answer to those questions. But what I do know is that we people are resilient. We’re capable of moving forward when our mindset is right. I have no doubt that God is in control of what happens to us and it’s ultimately a blessing to us – even when we don’t think so at the time.

I hope that - when you get snared in the trappings of life - there's someone willing to help you get unstuck. They or you may not realize it at the time - but they are more than likely able to help you. The willingness is the more important part.

I hope that – when you get snared in the trappings of life – there’s someone willing to help you get unstuck.

Getting Stuck & the Blessing of Helping Others Get Unstuck

God gives us a great blessing by giving us the ability to be a blessing to others. And that’s why I had to stop and help. I could have kept driving and not one soul on earth other than myself would have even known. Instead, I stopped and helped. I was not the first one on the scene. And I wasn’t the last. However, the three of us worked together and helped the driver get out of a (pardon the pun) icy situation.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

I didn’t introduce myself. I didn’t say my name. In fact, none of us did that. The driver thanked us and she was able to get her son to school (hopefully, it was on time).

The only response I offered other than a “you’re welcome, it was my pleasure,” was to tell her I’ve been that stuck driver many times and life. It’s always nice to have others help us get unstuck.

And that’s my prayer for you.

I hope that – when you get snared in the trappings of life – there’s someone willing to see you as you are stuck and help you to get unstuck. They or you may not realize it at the time – but they are more than likely able to help you. The willingness is the more important part.

My hope is that 1Glories – as we seek a refining life, on purpose – will be that nudge you sometimes need to break free. May it either help you to get unstuck, or perhaps it will give you what you need to help achieve a state of “unstuckness” too.

About Chad Gramling

Chad Gramling makes his home in Indiana with his wife and three daughters. He's the founder and primary blogger at 1Glories, a vision cast onto his heart and detailed in Listen Up Kids: Foolish Dreams, Syncing with God & Running to Win.