Peace family, do you ever feel overwhelmed by the number of people in need around you and in the world?
Earlier this week, I became overwhelmed, not simply by my commitments, but by the needs of the people I love and want to help. I myself have needs, and I felt drained of energy. How could I offer anything to anyone, when I myself felt so needy?
God reminded me that my friends and family ultimately need Him, not me. He is the all-providing God of the universe, not me. He understands my loved one’s problems and needs deeper than I do, or ever could. He comforts others better than I do, provides better, and never says the wrong thing. Yes, I want to keep helping and loving others around me, but even if I were to die tomorrow or never help anyone again, it’s ultimately up to God to meet their needs.
One of the things that encouraged me, was to remember the Bible verse II Corinthians 12:9, which says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (NIV)
It brought me a lot of relief to realize that it’s not all up to me, and I’m really not that big of a deal. I hope it encourages you, too! Love others well, but remember that you can’t be their everything. Only God can. Anyway, just some thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.