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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
Years ago, I had a friend named Mark who shared a story about how to focus on one thing at a time. We met in a twelve-step program, so I'm sharing a lesson he learned from his sponsor.
One day Mark faced a very long to-do-list and he found himself so overwhelmed by the list that it immobilized him. He simply didn't know where to start--so he didn't. He phoned his sponsor to tell him of the many things that required his attention, expecting sympathy and confirmation that anyone with a list that long would be overwhelmed. But his sponsor said, "Wow! That's some list. What are you going to do first?"
And that is how it's done. No matter how many demands life places on you today, you are only capable of completing one thing at a time. Start with one thing or you most likely won't start at all. Ask God to order your steps today and prioritize your to-do-list.
When the weight of my own to-do-list presses down on me, I stop everything and kneel before God. It is there that I receive the ability to move forward, and leave my anxiety with Him. Did you know that it's possible to be productive and not feel pressured?
I encourage you to offer God the pressure of daily demands and in exchange, receive rest for your soul. And then, ask, "What shall I do first?"
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My Yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11" 28-30 NKJV)
note: Mark died several years ago due to health complications. He remained clean and sober and though he was in an environment where many sought "a higher power of their own understanding", only God Himself knows how many hearts Marc gently led to Christ.
Published on Friday, September 10, 2010 @ 8:29 AM CDT
Elevate your feet everyday for twenty minutes. Trust me ladies. When I was a single mother raising a baby and two boys on my own, it helped me immensely. I routinely went home for lunch, put my feet up, asked God to help me get through the day, and breathed deeply. It always refreshed me and it combated leg pain from being on my feet while I work.
If you can't go home for lunch. Do it when you go to bed at night. Most importantly, make time everyday to be kind to yourself. God has not lost sight of you. You matter too.
Published on Thursday, June 3, 2010 @ 3:43 PM CDT