Sunday, March 1, 2020

Life's a Cinch by the Inch, But Hard by the Yard

Are you stressed out by life’s responsibilities? Jesus said, “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time” (Matt. 6:34 TLB). He lived one day at a time, and managed His stress on an hourly basis.

Many times He said His “hour had not come” (John 2:4, 7:30, 8:20). He didn’t become distressed until He was in the Garden of Gethsemane when the time arrived for Him to be betrayed. “And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood” (Luke 22:4). Luke describes a condition called hematidrosis, where sweat and blood are mingled in extreme cases of stress.

He knew from the beginning He would die for the sins of the world, but you don’t see Him sweating blood every day His life. That’s because He handled His stress on an hourly basis. He dealt with each issue as it came, and not before then.

Stress comes from handling too many responsibilities at once. Let’s say 365 toothpicks represent your responsibilities for every day in a year. If you bundle 365 toothpicks together, you won’t be able to break the bundle in half. If you bundle 30 toothpicks together to represent one month’s responsibilities, you won’t be able to break them in half either.

But if you unbundle the 365 toothpicks and deal with each toothpick one at a time, you’ll be able to break all 365 toothpicks. That’s how God wants us to live—one day at a time. One hour at a time. One toothpick at a time.
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