Lately I have been convicted about the fact that I can’t do it all. The details of this will be somewhat different for each of us; nevertheless, the truth of the principle remains the same. In today’s fast-paced world, there are more opportunities to do and to see than ever before. We are surrounded with technology that begs our time and attention and we have no shortage of ways to get around by plane, train and automobile to places that would have been far out of range for past generations. As I type this I am uploading a video, checking Facebook and about to pick up some supplies at Lowes. Then I plan on coming back home to eat, play briefly with the girls, tuck them in bed, and pay some bills. All this after getting up at 5:00 a.m. to go to a bible study and then going to work all day. Oh yeah, I just watered some plants and cleaned up the yard too. Whew!
There is nothing unusual by today’s standards about my schedule except that it is perhaps not even as full as some of yours. But in addition to the activities, my head all too frequently spins round as I worry about my family, friends and acquaintances who all have things they need help with, things that I wish I could change or get them to accept or act on, etc. I’d like to fix their problems, fix the world’s problems, and somehow have time to take care of my own problems too. Of course we all like to have fun and feel like we’re really missing something if we don’t and so we frequently add in a bunch of movies, TV, ballgames, parties and 1001 other ways to occupy our time…time that is so precious and time that we complain we don’t have enough of. Just thinking about all of this is exhausting. Living it is…well, not good.
Jesus told us that His yolk is easy and His burden is light. We don’t have to carry the world’s burdens on our shoulders. He said that there was no need to worry. We can trust in Him and He will never leave us or forsake us. He said that apart from Him we can do nothing. We can’t do anything of any lasting value without His guidance and strength. He said we should seek first the Kingdom of God. We can and should make that the first thing we do, even if some other things get left undone. He said that we are to love one another. We can love others without feeling like we have to change them. He came to save the world and He is able to keep those who are His. We don’t have to save the world all by ourselves. He said that we need Him and He showed us in many ways that we need each other. But wait, I thought it was all up to me. Wrong.
God has the world in His hands, not mine. I have responsibilities as a child of God, but how many extra burdens have I knowingly or unknowingly placed upon myself—things He never asked me to do and things He’d probably just as soon I not do. We’re busy, and going a thousand different directions at once thinking far too often that it’s supposed to be that way. It’s normal. It’s common. And in some ways it probably boosts our ego at times. But I see my Savior pulling away from the crowds and spending time alone in prayer with God. I hear the Spirit whispering something about being still. I vaguely recall a time when a day of rest was the norm. I dare to think that I don’t have to do all things and be all things. I have a secret that I almost want to hide and yet I feel compelled to tell it, “I can’t do it all…and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”