Day to Day Living

Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.
–Anton Chekhov–

When I first read those words I chuckled. “How true.”
But thinking on it some more I changed my mind. “How sad. But still true.”

It’s that “it never ends” theme that gets us, isn’t it?

Same nut, same bolt, same production quota, day after day after day, year after year, “Only eight more years till I can retire”.
The same voices, “Mom? Mom. Mommm. Mom! Mo-o-o-o-mm” hour after hour.
Same squeaky wheel in the organization, meeting after meeting after meeting.
The same temptation. Relentless.  Dogging you. Wearing you down.  Just waiting for you to eventually fail.

Chuck Swindoll has also said, though this probably isn’t a direct quote,

The trouble with the daily walk is just that. It’s so – – so DAILY.”

Chekhov was right. Day to day living wears you out.

Even so, I’m thankful.

Jesus is the Christ. He died for me, and my hope is in Him. As a result, I have access to all He provides for me.
If you know Him, the same is true for you.  If this is news to you, click the “Eternity” tab at the top of the page to learn more. It’s free.  Honest.  Check it out.

God knows what day-to-day feels like. After all, He’s been there for ALL of them.
So He provides what we need those days (or weeks, maybe months) when life seems wearisome.

There’s the re-assurance in Isaiah 40.31 that when we wait on Him, our strength will be renewed, but today I’m especially enjoying a few sentences tucked away in a morose sort of poem, at least it begins that way. Jeremiah wasn’t  Mr. Popularity in his day.  He was anything but a cheerleader or motivational speaker. But we memorize, and we’ve set to music his reassuring words:

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him…
” Lamentations 3.22-25

Is today one of those overcast -again- days? Another eight or ten hours on the workaday treadmill?

God’s compassion for you was brand new this morning.
This thing isn’t going to devour you, though it may seem so.
He is faithful.

If you’re His child, take a deep breath, pull in close to Him and use God’s strength today. He has plenty.

Selah —

2 Replies to “Day to Day Living”

  1. Phil

    I’m glad it encouraged you today, Jonell!

    Every once in a while the Lord prompts me to just write it. Finish it. Let the other stuff wait. Today was one of those times.

    How neat to see why just a few hours later. YOU needed those words.
    I’m glad I was paying attention! 🙂

    God does have plenty. “Help yerself!!”

    Phil —

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