When Help is No Help

Two visitors at the Yellowstone National Park spotted a baby bison looking kind of lost.

The baby bison appeared to be twitching and cold. They took pity on the poor newborn bison and decided to help.

So they loaded the animal into the trunk of their SUV and drove it to a ranger station.Baby Bison

But to their utter shock, the baby bison had to be euthanized.

The help of these well-meaning tourists was no help at all. It was because the newborn bison’s mother rejected it as a result of interference by people.

After repeated failed attempts to reunite the baby bison with the herd, the park rangers decided to put down the calf that posed a danger in continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.

So often our help is no help at all.

Like providing tutors to help our children in every subject to the point they are reliant on tutors and no longer on themselves.

Or offering our aging parents tender loving care to the extreme and telling them, “You won’t have to do a thing for yourselves. Tell us what you need and we will provide.”

Such over-pampered help hurt the happiness and health of our elderly folks who want to be independent and need to be active and self-motivated.

Almost always helping to bail out our friends and loved ones in financial debt are no help at all when they are trapped in the cycle of bad habit of spending and borrowing.

The Scripture makes it clear in II Thessalonians 3:10-12.

“If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”

Is your help any help at all?

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