The Problem with a “Can Do” Attitude


My parents raised a girl that had a “can do” attitude.  I am so thankful for that upbringing.  They raised me to work hard and figure things out.  They have demonstrated the value of hard work their entire lives.  I am trying to pass this on to my children, but I must say that at times they are somewhat reluctant.


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This picture just made me laugh....I do not condone dumpster   diving...

As a mom, I get through a lot of my days on sheer grit.  I have to drag myself to the end of the day on determination alone.  Then there are days like yesterday that I was ready for bed at 3:00 in the afternoon.  I held out until about 6:30 before I completely collapsed.  I have been exhausted lately, and I know that is caused by a myriad of reasons.

God has been working on me about one of those things.  When you are a “Can do” kind of girl, you spend  a lot of time doing.  You do, do, do.  You do the wife thing, you do the mom thing, you do the pastor’s wife thing, you do the church thing, you do the friend thing, you DO DO DO…. Besides the “DO” what other word is popular in that grammatical mess?  “YOU”  which in this case is ME.

I find myself operating in ME mode.  I am the one dragging myself through days doing all the stuff that I must accomplish.  I am exhausting my own strength to the point that I collapse in total exhaustion.  it is so easy to push on in my own strength.  God has blessed me with talents and gifts.  One of those is the ability to keep a lot of balls in the air.  When you are good at something, it is easy to forget WHY you are good at something.  GOD.

God is the one that has blessed me with this insane life that I lead, and God is the one that has gifted me to deal with it.

When I take a moment to BE still.  I am reminded that God loved me first.  He is the one who put this into motion, not me and my “can do” attitude. I only THINK that I am doing it it all.  I know that even when I am not acknowledging His help, that He is still one dragging me along.   He is the one who loves me through every day even when I am running about forgetting that HE is control of the balls flinging around, and it is not me furiously flinging them up and down.

Phillipians 4:13 tells me that “I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

So many people misuse this verse in so many ways, but I need it to remind me of where my strength is coming from.  His JOY is my strength.  (Neh. 8:10) His ways are better than my ways, and most of the time, I just need to remember to get out of His way.



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