There are some of you reading this blog right now who feel like you can't take another step.
You're wondering what people in your life are going to do when you simply stop doing whatever it is you do.
Checking yourself into a hospital just to have an excuse to rest seems appealing right now. (I actually have a friend in ministry who used to do that all the time. It sounds crazy but I understand it.)
You ministers out there know all that doo-doo about the world ending on Friday is NOT true and you are busy with plans for 2013. You are also praying that a lot of church people read this.
Please hold on for at least one more second before you pop. Listen to what I say today. Please.
I didn't blog yesterday. Anyone who knows me personally knows that's really rare to almost non-existent.
I just wasn't ready to say what's on my mind.
Sunday I started to hit the wall. I was directing our Christmas Show on Sunday night.
People sometimes wonder if leaders ever encounter the same kind of intense struggles they do. In fact, just this past weekend, a few people contacted me to ask my advice about this. I know I'm not alone.
Here's what my Sunday looked like...
After church Sunday, my husband and I drove home in silence. We weren't mad at each other, at all. No disagreement.
I was just overwhelmed and processing challenges.
When we got home, I went into my room to lay down with Max. After 30 minutes rest I got up and attempted to do my makeup and hair. I ended up washing my face and doing my makeup three times. It had to be done because the first two times I cried it all off.
I tried my best to hold myself together but I just kept leaking.
I proceeded to look into the mirror and preach to myself.
The sermon I preached is familiar. It's called, "You Can Do Anything For One More Day."
I wrote this sermon years ago and I pull it out in times like this.
After concluding the message and responding to my own personal altar call, I reapplied the makeup, and we headed to the church.
I got to the building. Put a smile on my face. Ran a 1 and 1/2 hour last minute tune up on the show. Joined a pack of greeters dressed in Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf costumes out front, leaping around and smiling and welcoming people.
The show went amazing.
Many people experienced a powerful touch from God and lives were changed.
I started breathing emotionally again on the ride home.
My husband and I had a conversation.
I felt a load lifting.
So what's my point of this whole post?
It's simply this. I don't care what you're going through...whether it's as a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a pastor, a teacher, a CEO, an entrepreneur, a business owner, or whatever you are -- you can do anything for one more day.
Resist putting tomorrow on your plate while today's still here.
You've got to focus on today.
Anything more than that can so quickly swallow you up.
God didn't assign you tomorrow to worry about.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34
When Larry and I got married, we got a lot of cards and well wishes and we treasured every one of them. One dear friend wrote a message in our card that simply said, "Take married life one day at a time. No more than that. Just today. Life is a cinch by the inch, but it's hard by the yard."
I've found that to be true.
It's true in marriage, in ministry, in parenting, in business, in whatever.
When I dwell on this day and only this day, I can do it.
Is today hard for you? Then please my friend, just do today. Don't start on tomorrow yet, even in that amazing brain of yours.
I can do anything for one more day.
You can too.
Take a deep breath. Put your make up on again if needed.
Now, take a step. Just one.
I promise, God will give you strength for the next step when it's time.
I'm praying for you.