Returning to work on a Tuesday after a three-day weekend always means extra work. This time it was even more complicated because I took vacation time Thursday afternoon and all day Friday prior to the long weekend. I was facing a very busy day on Tuesday! Knowing what awaited me that day, as I spent time reading the Bible and in prayer, my frustration disappeared. Here is what I prayed:
Help me, Lord, in my “busyness” today:
- Not to be stressed when I see how much there is to do.
- To prioritize my tasks. Everything seems to be urgent. Help me to do the most important first.
- To be kind. I have a tendency to be serious and grumpy when I’m overwhelmed with work.
- To be wide awake, always watchful and well aware of the tactics the enemy uses to distract me, frustrate me, interrupt me.
- To be wise: what I say, who I say it to, how I say it… (You promised wisdom!)
- Not to be so concentrated only on myself and my agenda that I don’t see other’s needs.
- To be thankful in all things!
Then I was reminded of Philippians 4:13, and thought:
DO I HAVE ANY REASON to think that I’ll be overwhelmed by work today? That it will be too much to handle? NO!! “I can do ALL things…”
DO I HAVE ANY REASON to think I have to do this alone? NO!! “….through Christ…”
DO I HAVE ANY REASON to think I have to work with only my strength? NO!!! “…who strengthens me.”
SO HOW DO I FACE THIS BUSY DAY? With a commitment to bless the Lord, just as David did in Psalm 34:1: “I will bless the Lord at all times (even in my “busyness”!) His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (words that honor Him!)
Today is Thursday. I didn’t get caught up yet, and that’s OK. The most important things are being taken care of, and getting the right mindset helps… when I’m facing a very busy day!