This is an older post from April 2007 but applies still to this day.
This has been one of those weeks. I’ve been sick with a bad cold for almost 2 weeks, the baby (our 3rd) has been sick for over a week and now has an ear infection and now everyone else is getting sick. On top of that we are trying to sell the house so I can’t just let "anything go".
Yesterday I was on the verge of just collapsing. I tried and tried to get myself motivated to do something but I just couldn’t. I kept thinking "I just don’t know why I can’t get myself to do anything". As I was talking to mom she said "you need to go easy on yourself." "You are sick, have sick kids, a baby who still gets up 1-2 times a night, you’re selling your house, have chronic fatigue syndrome, are trying to run a website and are just plain worn out."
Ok, I had all this written and then mom piped in with the rest. So I will let her finish what I was saying.
Oops! Sorry for butting in daughter dearest. : )This is too funny. For a couple of weeks I have been mulling over a post in my head and was thinking about calling it "Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself." I spend so much of my time trying to motivate people to get up and start doing things that I thought I needed to address those who give 150% and need to lighten up on themselves. Then I happened upon this draft post that Tawra wrote this morning and I thought I would add my two cents.
Sometimes some of us push ourselves so much more than even God expects of us. He continually tells us, "Come unto me and I will give you rest," or, "Be still and know I am God." He even told us to take one whole day of the week just to take it easy but we keep pressing on trying to do more and more and wondering why we are so tired and frustrated.
In one of my favorite songs there is a line that I think fits what we are talking about. God is saying to the Christian, "If just a cup of water I place within your hand, then just a cup of water is all that I demand". Don’t compare yourself to others or try to do more than what God expects of you. He has given you just the right amount of everything so do the best you can with what you have. As much as I don’t like laziness there are times when doing way more than we should is wrong and is just as harmful to our families as not doing anything at all.
If you are ill, a single parent, growing older, have a small income, etc. do the best you can and then let God take care of the rest.
I think I will post the words of the song I mentioned above. They have always helped me to put things in perspective and I hope they help you too.
by Ira Stanphill
I traveled down a lonely road and no one seemed to care; The burden on my weary back had bowed me to despair. I oft complained to Jesus how folks were treating me. And then I heard Him say so tenderly:
My feet were also weary upon the Calv’ry road The Cross became so heavy I fell beneath the load Be faithful weary pilgrim the morning I can see Just lift your cross and follow close to me.
I work so hard for Jesus I often boast and say I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to walk the narrow way I gave up fame and fortune; I’m worth a lot to Thee And then I heard Him gently say to me.
I left the throne of glory and counted it but loss; My hands were nailed in anger upon a cruel Cross but now we’ll make the journey with your hand safe in mine; Just lift your cross and follow close to Me
O Jesus if I die upon a foreign field some day ‘Twould be no more than love demands; No less could I repay. No greater love hath mortal man than for a friend to die. These are the words He gently spoke to me
If just a cup of water I place within your hand then just a cup of water is all that I demand. But if by death to living they can thy glory see I’ll lift my cross and follow close to thee.