[This is part of The One-Year Challenge series.]
On June 1st, I announced that I was embarking on a 365-Day challenge that included a great deal of introspection and learning to become more fully who God has created me to be. For some time now I have had Craig Groeschel‘s new book WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working on my bookshelf. As I was packing for my business trip, I grabbed it off the bookshelf and threw it in the bag.
As I cracked open the book, I was greeted with tough questions that have now added more food for thought to my growing introspective list.
For many years, I have pushed my body to the edges of what it can endure. I live my life with little to no margins, and that is not good. God tends to get a hold of me as I sleep or as I drive or as I sit on airplanes – hopping from one place to the next. Let's face it, that's not a good thing. I love Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God“. If I don't slow down long enough to be still, how can I expect Him to speak into me like I know that I need?
Each flick of the page began to reveal more and more areas where I need to work. We have always heard the phrase that:
“God will never give you more than you can handle.”
What does that mean? Does that mean that He will take you as close to a breaking point? Will it be like Job, where the whole world is pulled out from underneath you or will it be something different?
In the midst of the storms in our life, maybe the following is more true than we care to admit:
“God will often give you more than you can handle so that you can learn to depend on him rather than yourself.”
Do I ask God to give me more than I can handle so that I can be more dependent upon him? Um…let me see here…NO. That's the honest truth.
In order to gain some space…some margin…I am going to need to say “no” to few more things. Right now, I'm not sure what those things might be.
Question: Do you struggle with living at an unsustainable pace? How are you dealing with it? You can leave a comment below.
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