I can Do All Things

We all have one of those days, or maybe it’s a week or even a month with a never-ending list of things to do. Maybe it’s a situation that we think we may not be able to get out of or a season in life that we are having a hard time to face. We may get overwhelmed, exhausted, maybe even not wanting to do anything at all. When I am usually swamped with work, the first thing I want to do is run away from it all. Run away from my responsibilities, run away from the task at hand. I want to run away because I think it is impossible to get all of these things done. I want to run away because I think I am not capable, that I am not good enough, that I am just going to fail and that I am not strong enough.

I had one of those weeks recently. Was overwhelmed right from the beginning of the month, knowing all the events coming up and work needed to be done, I asked, how am I going to make it through? And then a verse came to mind. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ.” That verse gave me the courage to get through most of the week. But it was only early on in the week that I already started feeling tired, started to feel like I wanted to give up. And then it hit me. There was a second part to this verse that I almost forgot. The complete verse in Philippians 4:13 is “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” That is what I forgot. I forgot that it is Jesus who strengthens me. It is him who gives the graces to help me through even the busiest of days and toughest situations. I think most of the time, we forget that part of the verse. That it is Christ who is our strength, in which we are able to do all things. But how is he able to give us that strength? How are we able to receive those graces? Simply by spending time with him. Whether that is by attending mass, spending time in front of the blessed sacrament, praying for even just a few minutes, we need that time with him. To re-center ourselves, and remember that all we have is given by him. That all we the work we do, is for the greater good, to give him glory.

And so, I encourage you today. That even through your hectic work schedule or situation you may be facing, don’t run away. Run towards Jesus and take that time to spend with him. To allow him to fill you with truth. With his love, his peace, his joy, his strength. Let’s take that time today, to sit at his feet, to be strengthened, to help us in all that we do, and to remember we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.