My life has been hectic lately and for a variety of reasons. I usually start off impressed with my productivity on Monday, but by the time I reach Friday, I'm exhausted and frustrated with the lack of things I've accomplished.
I woke up this morning and found myself putting together a mental to-do list for tomorrow. By the time I'd turned the lights on and gotten something to drink, I was already feeling behind. And my weekend isn't even over yet!
I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who does this. It doesn't matter where we are in life, it's easy to let the busyness of our days make us feel like we're not doing enough.
The truth is, life is unpredictable and often messy. And guess what? There's not a lot we can do about it.
What does this mean for me personally?
Most of the stress I experience through the week is self-imposed.
Let me say that again. A majority of the stress and anxiety that manages to dictate my week is created by me. It's completely unnecessary.
There's a lot of freedom in that realization. I'm letting feelings of stress and lack of accomplishment color my days. I have the ability to release that and take each day as it comes. It is possible to do my best, enjoy what comes my way, and put it all aside at the end of the day.
I was driving last week and heard a new song on the radio by Casting Crowns called "Just Be Held." I especially love this part of the chorus:
Your world's not falling apart,
it's falling into place.
I'm on the throne, stop holding on
and just be held.
As I start the new week, I'm going to remember this message.
When I begin to feel overwhelmed (because, let's face it, it will happen), instead of trying to hold onto my control of the things around me, I'm going to make a conscious effort to release it and let God hold me.
If the day-to-day stress is a constant battle in your life as well, I challenge you to do the same this week. Let's see if it makes a difference!