I woke up this morning to a house that’s a wreck. No, that’s too mild. It’s an absolute disaster. I checked the library website to find I have exactly 25 overdue library books. Yes, you read that right. TWENTY-FIVE! My laundry is overflowing. I have about 33 hours worth of stuff to do in the next 24, and I don’t know how I’m going to get it all done.
All of that is just the tip of the iceberg. I won’t go into the BIG stresses here. Let’s just say they’re definitely there, and they’re causing the smaller ones to pile up around me. Some days/weeks/months are just tougher than others, and this happens to be one of them for me.
I thought about all this in the first few minutes of being awake. Then, as I opened my Bible and looked over my prayer list, I realized something. There are a whole lot of people out there who have much bigger problems than I. And while I’m certainly not glad about that, it does slap me in the forehead enough to make me realize that I need to quit worrying about MY stress and start focusing on how I can help other people get through theirs.
As I think further on the subject, I’m also reminded of just how much I have to be thankful for. My life now, even with all the trouble that comes with it, is better than I could have ever imagined, and certainly much, much better than I deserve. So today, I’m going to try to smile through the stress, to lean on the One who assures me of this:
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)
I’m so glad it’s not about me!
UPDATE: Not fifteen minutes after I typed these words, I realized I’d left my phone in the car and went to retrieve it. Phone, meet Pavement. Pavement, Phone. Good-bye, Phone. I’ll reeeeaaaally miss you. (Of course, I just gave away my upgrade last month.) Sigh.
Then, while cooking dinner tonight, I had two pans sitting on the stove. One was ready to go into the 425-degree oven, but when I went to put it in, I accidentally grabbed the other one instead…the one that had just come out. I actually picked it up with my bare hand before realizing.
So I’ll just keep reminding myself: Things could always be much, much worse.
I hope your day’s been better!