Usually when responsibilities pile up and I feel overwhelmed, I burst into a plaintive quote from Dr. Seuss:
This mess is so big and so deep and so tall, I cannot clean it up, there is no way at all! (from The Cat in the Hat)
Last Saturday morning a couple of large household projects were weighing on my mind, and I tried to cheer myself up by turning it into a song:
Sumo, on my shoulders: I’m not happy.
Sumo, on my shoulders, makes me frown.
Sumo, on my shoulders, is so heavy,
Sumo, almost always, brings me down.
With many apologies to the memory of John Denver, you can sing these words to the tune of “Sunshine on My Shoulder”. Indeed, that’s a much better song to sing, so go ahead. And no, I’m not embarking on a new career as an artist or a lyricist.
It’s true, though: things pile up in our minds and they do bring us down. And that’s not the way God wants us to live. I’ve been struggling with this lately, trying to be more faithful in my responsibilities without burning myself out. “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13, NLT*)” but I need to focus on one thing at a time and do that thing in His strength instead of on my own.
I believe God gives us enough hours in the day to do the things He intends us to do in that day. Sometimes I need to remind myself of that, to talk that Sumo off my shoulders. Lately I’ve found a lot of freedom in the Bible’s promise of wisdom for those who ask (see James 1:5 and my post “Is Your Loyalty Divided?“). God, I need wisdom to see what to do when, and to not think about the other stuff.
Here are six links I’ve found in the past few days that are helping me learn the lesson even better:
- PERSEVERANCE (janiscox.com)
- A Life Plan When You’re Overwhelmed with printable poster (aholyexperience.com)
- Advancing from Darkness to Light (marywaindbeechcrofttales.blogspot.ca)
- Deadly Distractions (rogertharpe.wordpress.com)
- Staying the Course (lynndove.com)
- Nine Steps to an Unbalanced Life (maranathanews.com)
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
[Linking with Janis Cox’s Wednesday’s Word: Perseverance]