When I was a freshman in college I had a tough encounter with one of my teachers. And not because I was partying too much or slacking off on my work. It was because I Continue reading “Hang in there”
This isn’t a sad post about quitting something after trying and failing.
This isn’t a pathetic announcement of any personal dilemmas or misgivings.
This is not to seek attention, confirmation, or assurance.
It’s a celebration!
This is a moment to be shared and cheered upon. A holiday.
International Quit Day.
The day where everybody gives up.
Stops what they’re doing.
Blows off their to-do list.
I don’t mean quitting your job.
Or quitting loving your family.
Not quitting taking care of yourself.
Or taking care of others.
International Quit Day is about quitting trying to control all of the things you have no control over.
I recently took a new job that requires living in a family’s home and helping care-give for a 95 year- old woman. By taking the job, I was agreeing to live life by this family’s standard. We eat together often, clean up after one another, offer each other coffee, tea, help with whatever we’re doing. Everything is a team effort.
This family has a way of doing things that have been established long before I got here.
When I arrived I was looking for structure. I was looking for a schedule. I wanted to know when I was working and when I wasn’t working. I wanted to know whose turn it was for dishes, and whose day it was for getting up early.
All of my preconceived ideas of a “job” were challenged, and clashed with the family’s values and ideas.
I hardly knew anything for certain, except that I would certainly be challenged in the kitchen on who was making breakfast and how to load the dishwasher.
I was frustrated.
I started praying and asking for guidance and understanding. And a message started to speak me from all directions:
Quit the negativity.
Quit the judging.
Quit the anger.
>>Stop being stressed over things you cannot change<<
Quit the control.
Because when we try to control everything, we get angry when we lose that control. We feel powerless. Because we are powerless.
The only being that has true control over everything is God.
He created the sun, and makes it shine.
…He also makes thunderstorms shake our houses.
He created the power and sometimes makes the power go out.
…He also decides when the power comes back on (and when the internet starts working again 😀 )
…Which relieves all the mommies and daddies in this world with child.
…Whose beautifully crafted fingers and toes were carefully placed on each baby, by God.
…Whose lungs are filled again and again with life-giving, God-breathed air.
He created us to depend on Him. He is a good father who loves us and loves taking care of us. There’s no need to get wound up in all of life’s many anxieties when he can lift our burdens and brighten our days, if we would just quit, and ask him to take over.
“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
with prayer and petition,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your heart and mind in Christ.”
We need God. He created us and put us on this planet. Without him, we are powerless. We must depend on him for superhuman strength. Ask him for it, and he WILL give it to you~ #Jesustheoriginalsuperhero #boastinyourweakness
So I decided to quit trying to do things my way. I gave up trying to control my environment. I confessed my part of the problem, apologizing for not being patient and waiting to see how I could step in and help, on the family’s terms; how I could weave myself into their family’s tapestry and introduce my needs alongside their routines.
>We first talked, then cried, prayed, then laughed 😛 <3 <
And I’m not upset, now that I surrendered my problems to God. #boastinyourweakness
I’m not anxious now that I’m trusting God to unfold his plan in his time. #imlostwithoutyou
I asked God to lift my burden, and He told me to relax, and just Quit. He’s got this. #inGodwetrust <3
And now, I’m free~
Every day can be International Quit day. Who knew giving up could be so satisfying? And smart! IQ day anyone?! 😉
Love you all! <3