Support can be the difference to Make or break
Life has a way to present itself in different ways when least expected. Human beings are so uniquely created, they react differently to many circumstances life throw at them. The fact is, not everyone knows how to deal with life issues. It does not matter how what, or where; we do seek a place, person, or thing to be consoled and strengthened.
Let’s look at some definitions
Definitions from Oxford
1.bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.
2.give assistance to”
“to aid,” also “to hold up, prop up, put up with, tolerate,” from Old French suporter “to bear, endure, sustain, support”
(14c.), from Latin supportare “convey, carry, bring up, bring forward,” from assimilated form of sub “up from under”
The benefits of peer – or group support systems
1.Affordable and Availability
Most importantly, it is free, so you don’t have to worry about professional counseling fees. People should in most cases seek professional help, but it’s only for a limited time frame whereas support systems are more flexible.
2. The feeling of someone’s always there .
It’s very comforting to know that someone is always there to call, talk to, and to seek advice.
Someone else’s perspective is sometimes clearer and makes you grasping new hope. They shed some light on your situation from the third-person’s point of view.
4. Someone else got it bigger
Our own problems appear so enormous until we hear those of others. We realize that our own issues are less comparable to theirs.
When we listen to other’s problems, encouraging and advising each other, we learn to appreciate others.
6.Improving communication skills
The supporter actually gains so much more valuable skills,enhancing, and developing to be more effective in supporting others.
7.The weight is shared
Others in your support sphere relate to your issues and by being there, listening, advising some weight is being lifted. When we bear some weight of our fellow man we do indeed fulfill God’s law.
Galatians 6:2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
As an educator I am part of a support system to both colleagues, parents and learners.We daily experience the neccesity of support in different areas of our careers to listen to, to help, guide or advice.
The word of God is my biggest support and is relevant to every situation that may surface in my life.
Philippians 4:13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Be there for someone.Be patient.