This morning I posted about giving support to. You can read the entire post here.
It started like this:
This week I had some issues with the web site and the database.
I had confidence in my own abilities.
I can do this.
I read through support documentation. I watched videos.
In the end I had to call tech support.
What did I get?
After-hours, personal, customer service and tech support.
Above and beyond the call of duty.
(And somehow, in each case, they were able to maintain the integrity of their own brand, and let me know the boundaries.)
Can I change the colors? Yes.
Can I change the fonts? No.
Can I upload media on a Saturday night at 8pm when the site editor seems to be locked up?
Absolutely. Yes. You can. We are here to help!
It’s still Saturday night at 8pm, what happened to my menu colors?
We’re working on it.
Can I change the fonts?
And then – at the end of each call – I had the support rep. ask if they could pray for me, for our church, and for our business (the mission) we are working on together.
Think about this cycle: I called with a degree of frustration in my voice (and in my heart), I had people who set aside whatever they were doing to help me – to listen to my frustrations and walk with me through the problem-solving process, and at the end of it, we were praying together.
And I thought…
I summed up all of the thoughts I had about how I serve people.
But I also thought…
About how we receive support. And from whom.
How often do I try to do it all alone? And then, when I do need help, is my first thought to pray? To ask God for His help? To ask God what He wants?
While I was trying to make things happen in my time – and before I called support – I called friends. One friend knew a lot about databases, processes, and web sites, but knew very little about the church. Another friend knows a lot about church structures, but very little about database applications. So when I finally called proper support, I was thoroughly confused (and frustrated).
I think this has a broader application. When you’re going through a challenging time or trying to solve a problem, where is the first place you turn? Do you turn to friends who may not know about the situation? Are they giving you biblically-based and sound advice or do they tell you what you want to hear? Does acting on their advice create more confusion?
God wants us to come to Him first. Believe and trust His answers. Believe and trust He will make a way.