I remember so vividly the day I stood there, exhausted and spent.
The piles of laundry heaped on the couch reminded me of how many more tasks my to-do list recorded.
“I just can’t do it,” I repeated in my head, over and over again.
I was ready to throw in the towel,
and I crumbled.
A blubbering mess I cried out to God, “I just can’t do one more thing!”
I was tired and overwhelmed and feeling defeated.
But in that tender way, so familiar to me in times of brokenness or discouragement, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the truth: I can do it.
In my weakness, God is strong! I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength.
Yes, I was tired.
Yes, I had too much on my plate in that season.
Yes, our family was walking through a rough patch,
but the real reason behind my bawling was the lie I bought into:
“I shouldn’t have to do it all.”
“I need a break.”
“I deserve some help around here.”
I, I, I, I, I.
I was only thinking about me!
By saying, “I can’t,” over and over again, I convinced myself that I really couldn’t do one. more. thing.
But I was wrong.
God gently reminded me that I can, I just didn’t want to.
I wanted someone to do it for me.
I didn’t want all of the responsibility and obligation.
I didn’t want to sacrifice or be expected to do anything!
I wanted my equally exhausted husband to pick up the slack and do what I could do.
I could, I just didn’t want to.
In that moment of realization, all of that anxiety and frustration in me broke.
I confessed to God and asked Him to be my strength and my joy!
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I can do hard things.
Question for You:
Have you ever needed a change in perspective like I did? In what areas have you been telling yourself, “I can’t,” that might actually be, “I just don’t want to”? Are you facing any weaknesses you can surrender to the Lord and instead trust Him to be your strength?