Do you feel like I feel sometimes? Do you feel like I feel when the overwhelming feeling hits me—the way I feel when I meet the seemingly impossible challenges, and the difficult situations, when I can’t seem to get done the things that I have scheduled for the day? I’m not even sure how to describe the feeling. Is it a feeling of impossible, difficult, and/or just done in?
I would venture to say that most of us encounter these three stages during a twenty-four hour period:
1. The Impossible
2. The Difficult
3. The Done In
Philippians 4:11-13, MSG: I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One (Christ) who makes me who I am.
The New King James Version says it with fewer words: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
In my life I have experienced hungry days—not for food, but for fellowship and acceptance. I have also experienced many vibrant days when my hopes have soared.
My husband is one of the most upbeat, give-it-to Jesus-and-go-on type of guys you will ever meet. He has learned the secret of releasing and forgiving. He knows where his strength comes from. He knows the One who makes him who he is. He doesn't hold onto the ugly, but thinks the best of everyone and everything. Is this the missing ingredient—giving it up, going on, releasing, forgiving?
Some days are filled with sheer terror that rivets my life; and then there are days when pure joy is mine to inhale. Surely I am not the only woman who could pen these words. Does this mean our daily lives are a wreck? No, not at all; however, barriers make some things in a day impossible—impossible because we overextend ourselves, or because we do not schedule our days properly, or because other people put a roadblock in our path.
That leads me to the second stage, the difficult stage, when severe or awkward happenings cause problematic moments in our day. During this stage, the mind plays tricks. We rehash the events, the words, the actions; we no longer feel we can move forward.
How can we do all things when we face the impossible and the difficult?
Remember, the apostle Paul said we could do all things. Yes, the impossible, and the difficult. Yes, we can overcome the things we did, or the hurt that came upon us, or what things we were not able to get accomplished. The Scripture says we can. Can we say, “We Can!”?
The highlight of Philippians 4:13 is this: all that we do, we do it through CHRIST who gives us strength.
It isn't what we get done but Who gave us the strength to overlook, to forgive, to let go, to stay upbeat, to accomplish the task at hand—the power to make a checkmark on our calendars: DONE.
In this short Blog, I am writing to myself:
Sheryl, life has seemed a bit impossible lately: impossible to stay focused, impossible to keep everyone happy; yes, and even impossible to say and do the right thing in the right way at the right moment.
But in all that I do, I will remember that I can do all things.
Answer: Through Christ who gives me strength.
So Womenary Blog readers, when these three stages occur in your 24-hour day, remember: you can face the impossible and the difficult and do all that Christ intended on your day's agenda.
Do what you are CALLED to do.
Do what you are WIRED to do.
Do what you are SENT to do.
Do all things through CHRIST who gives you strength.
WHATEVER you do!