Have you ever felt frustrated and confused by the actions of someone else? Why can’t you just… this or that? It’s not that hard. Right? Why is it that some people just can’t seem to get it together? Why can’t you just be nice? Why can’t you just be more responsible? Why can’t you just stop a certain unhealthy behavior? Look at my life and what I’ve been through. If I can do it, anyone can. Just get your act together. What’s wrong with you?
Have you ever felt that way about someone? Have you ever felt confused by how someone just can’t…or maybe they don’t care enough or want to do what’s right? Those simple things you do everyday shouldn’t be that hard, right?
I’ve not felt so motivated lately. In some things I am very motivated, but when it comes to other daily tasks or getting things written on KindlingTruth, not so much. Why can’t I just do the things I used to do? Why can’t I just motivate myself? Why can’t I just stop being grumpy and tired? Why do I worry so much about finances when I should just have faith? Why can’t I just…
Those questions I asked other people in my life are the same questions I ask myself now.
On a positive note, there is one good reason why I “just can’t” right now. I’m expecting a baby! Being pregnant really zaps my energy. And those pregnancy emotions…don’t even get me started! If you’ve been there and felt energized and emotionally healthy, then great! That’s never been the case for me, and baby three seems to be about on par with the other two as far as these things go.
So, maybe give myself a little pass? I wish I could. I can’t though. That high calling in Christ Jesus and all…I’m falling way short lately…and it bothers me a lot.
Thank the Lord for that silver lining in knowing this one thing: all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
I’m glad for that knowledge. I forget it sometimes and I have to be reminded. It’s good to look for what the Lord is doing for us. Sometimes we can’t see it right away. Sometimes we don’t understand until many years down the road. I’m sure I don’t see all things my current situation is leading to, but I know one thing. I need to stop telling people “Why can’t you just…”
Sometimes you just can’t. All good things in us come from God, so if we “just can” while someone else “just can’t” then we need to thank the Lord and pray for them.
For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? (I Corinthians 4:7)
Pray for patience if we need it — and always remember — everything is working out for our good. Sometimes that means suffering things. Sometimes that means enduring other people who “just can’t” and sometimes that means enduring ourselves when we “just can’t.”
We know that Jesus CAN! He will make a way for us through all things in His good time.