Why it’s okay to ask

I have a hard time doing THE ASK.

Instead, I’ll chair the one-member committee and do All. The. Things. Myself. And then wonder why an event didn’t come together.

I just hate asking. It may be fear of rejection. It may be not wanting to inconvenience someone else. Who knows.

So I’m trying to imagine the great courage of biblical characters who did The Ask.

One was someone I hadn’t noticed before: Tattenai. He was governor of Judah during the time when Cyrus, king of Persia, had directed that the temple in Jerusalem be rebuilt. While things were proceeding well, adversaries of Judah and Benjamin started rabble-rousing and created opposition to the rebuilding process, which completely stopped.

So Tattenai wrote a diplomatic letter to Darius, asking him if he would check the files to see if King Cyrus had indeed issued orders for the project. Yes, he had. And Darius sent his blessing and basically wrote a blank check for the rest of the project.

What if Tattenai hadn’t written the letter? What if he hadn’t asked?

Blessings would have been lost.

I need to have that perspective as well. People love to give. Most of them don’t like to organize an event or a project or a fundraiser. But they love giving what they can to make it a success. They are BLESSED by being asked. They are BLESSED to be part of a good work. So, that’s why it’s okay to ask. And if I don’t, I’m a mess and they’re not blessed.

My husband found that out when he was volunteer civil works director for our little city. He completed more than fifty-two needed projects around town–almost completely with volunteers and their donated time and money.

All because he asked.

We serve a God who loves The Ask. He wants us to go to him with our requests. “Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

That’s definitely a #LookingUp! perspective.

Janet McHenry is a national speaker and the author of 24 books, including 50 Life Lessons for Grads. A former high school educator and academic advisor, she has raised thousands of dollars this spring to bless the Class of 2020 in her little town in the Sierra Valley. All she did was ask. Speaking of asking . . . do you need a speaker? She would be blessed to serve at your next event: https://www.janetmchenry.com.

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