“I can’t do it!” I find myself saying I can’t do it every year when it’s time to decorate for Christmas. The worst part is doing it all in reverse, the taking down. How can I have so many decorations? And then I go into de-cluttering mode which makes it feel even more outrageous.
Then there’s – “It can’t be done!” After Christmas, my brother came all the way from Louisiana to build me a fence and these thoughts ran through our minds. In freezing temperatures, with an assembly line of hot water being hauled, the 55 posts were cemented into the ground providing a guide to just how large a project we had undertaken. We only had an allotted amount of time. What if . . . there’s not enough time? My son-in-law and nephew were some really BIG helpers. My hubby worked hard and endured the cold like everyone else. My sis-in-law’s dad even got in on the action. After the cross-bars came the pickets, then two gates and one double gate. It was a huge undertaking! With God’s help, my brother made it happen with a great deal of work accomplished before he even set foot on the property. I owe my little brother a lot. And even though it was much colder than we would have liked, we thank the Lord it didn’t rain or snow the entire time.
As another year takes off, I find myself telling the Lord, “I can’t do it” considering all the unforeseen troubles and difficulties. Whether it’s taking down Christmas decorations, or building a fence, or the start of a New Year, or health issues, or finances, or family problems, I cry out to the Lord, “this can’t be done!” And it’s true, if attempted in my own strength. The job is so massive and the struggle is so real it’s overwhelming and I feel like my life is just one big mess. I can’t handle messes, and I try hard to keep messes from happening. But they come for me, from the four corners of the Universe and squeeze in on me.
When impossible situations are staring you in the face, and your flesh wants to run and hide, or hyperventilate and panic, where do you go to find help? What perspective do we need to adopt for how big and burdensome a new year can seem?
The Bible asks the question, why borrow from tomorrow while it’s still today? “Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34). Tomorrow may never come. We have been gifted with today. So, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Give us what we need for today, dear Father. All we must do is survive this day, this hour, or this minute. Rather than fretting throughout 2018 and panicking over what if’s, let’s take one day at a time and let’s do more than survive, let’s thrive!
One Day At A Time
I’m only human I’m just a man
Help me to believe in what I could be and all that I am
Show me the stairway that I have to climb
Lord for my sake teach me to take one day at a time
One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking from you
Give me the strength to do every day what I have to do
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine
So for my sake teach me to take one day at a time