“There is someone out there doing more with a lot less.” The Lord
Whenever we have a lot to do and it doesn’t seem like we have the resources to handle it, it’s easy to become discontent. We start taking too much pity on ourselves. We get our imaginary violins out and play the “Poor Me” song. The trouble is, if you play that depressing song long enough, you’ll start to believe its downtrodden chords. They sound like this…
“OH, this is so hard.”
“WHY is this taking so long?”
“AW, I can’t do this anymore!”
Just when you start to harmonize with those thoughts, God will introduce an entirely different melody. He will show you other Christians who are enduring great hardships with a faithful, joyful attitude. Are you discouraged because you think your burden is too heavy? Do you feel God isn’t being fair? Consider this woman’s life…
The famous evangelist, Corrie ten Boom, tells the story of a Christian woman who lived in Russia before communism was overthrown. She lost her wealthy status and became ill with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease horribly deformed her entire body, leaving her bedridden. The only part of her body she could control was her right hand. She used her index finger only to type translations of the Bible and other Christian books into Russian, which was forbidden. This woman of God didn’t even desire healing because it was her sickness that allowed her to do God’s work in Communist Russia. All Christians in her city were under “watch” by the Secret Police except her.Because she was so crippled, they totally ignored her, allowing her to help bring the Gospel to that nation. She eventually died. When her loved ones discovered her, she was found with her index finger still on the typewriter.
The Christian woman in this story endured great hardship so others could be blessed. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:7 to “Endure hardship as a discipline.” As children of God we shouldn’t view problems as punishment, but as opportunities for spiritual growth. Another Bible translation puts it this way…
“God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. (The Message Bible)
Now let’s revisit the same question again. Do you think the work God has called you to do is too heavy a burden? Remember, there are many saints in the world right now, doing a lot more with a lot less. God makes us able to do whatever He has called us to do. Abide in Him.
Today’s Life Key: You can’t do everything, but you should do everything you can