Today I was reading in I Kings chapter 7, and I just had to share what jumped out at me from verses 13 and 14:
Real kings aren’t afraid to ask for help when they need it, and real kings aren’t afraid to help other kings be great.
Ladies, that goes for us, too. In the early chapters of I Kings, we learn of the death of King David and the anointing of his son Solomon as king. This new young ruler is now in the process of building a GRAND temple for the Lord, and the most striking thing happens:
- Solomon is not too prideful to call up King Hiram of Tyre and ask for help.
- King Hiram was not too prideful to personally go help King David — not by giving other people orders but by jumping in and doing manual labor himself.
One might think Hiram as a king would be concerned about his own kingdom being threatened — that he wouldn’t want to be outdone. But clearly, that was not the case. This just really spoke to my spirit, because when I look around me today I see a trend of people who only want success for themselves, and don’t want anyone else to have it. That is not the spirit God would have us to have. As God’s children we all work for His kingdom and His glory — not our own. So, if something comes up where we need the gift God has placed in someone else — if we need their help — ask for it. Likewise, if someone asks for our help let’s give it, and give our best.
In addition to being the founder of The Penn Speaks and Your Black Poets, she is also the author of Ephemeral Moments: a book of poetry and short stories exploring issues such as domestic abuse, struggles of faith, and contemporary love from the perspective of a black Christian woman (available on Amazon). As a rising playwright, Miss Penn is an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She uses her gifts of writing and the performing arts to testify to the glory of God’s greatness both inside and outside of the church. Click to follow Ayvaunn on Facebook and Twitter.