Staff at Catholic Family Services is always busy. There are always clients to serve, needs to meet, and deadlines to reach. This season, however, it just feels like there is too big of a job to handle. In addition to all the normal “busyness” we have four major funding proposals to write, a site visit to prepare for, staffing transitions to make, and that little “name change” thing to address. All good things, all important things, and all things that will, if done well, make us a strong and healthier organization as a result.
Is your life like this?
Are there so many good and important things (and people) making demands for your time that you wonder if you can meet them all? Do you get up in the morning, look at your task list, and just feel overwhelmed?
There is a silver lining to this cloud and I found it last night while reading Romans, Chapter 4:4-9:
4If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.
David confirms this way of looking at it, saying that the one who trusts God to do the putting-everything-right without insisting on having a say in it is one fortunate man. (The Message)
Did you catch the message there? When you are overwhelmed and feeling that you can’t accomplish what is set before you, take pause and put your trust in God to accomplish it. Instead of running around, surrendering to the stress and trying to manage all the details, start your day on your knees. Surrender to God — give him your daily task list and each challenge as you face it — and let him take the reins.
It doesn’t mean you don’t have work to do — that meeting must still be attended, food prepared, kids cared for, bills paid, and so much more. It simply means you realize you can’t do it alone . . . and that you are asking for and welcoming His help. And that trust and surrender will bring you closer to God than you ever have been before.
Having a full schedule isn’t ALL bad . . .