“Oh pride. That foolish, foolish little quality that makes it so hard for us to admit that we need help, that we can’t do everything all the time, that we might have limitations.” “There are times when we know darn well that we shouldn’t be saying yes to a task. But pride gets in the way, and we tell ourselves we want to help when really we just don’t want to admit that we don’t have the resources — time or money or skill or physical stamina or whatever — to do our best.” “… there are plenty of times when the Lord grants us strength beyond our own, there are other times when He expects us to be good stewards of our resources and to learn how to apportion them wisely. Learn to discern the difference so that you can be there when He really needs you.”
Exercise #16: Acknowledging Limitations
“If you’re feeling overburdened, prayerfully choose one activity this week to say no to. Then skip that activity without feeling guilty, without feelign like you have to explain, without worrying about what others will think. See — was that so hard?”
The answer to that last question would be a resounding YES! Clearly Emily has been peeking into my life and wrote this chapter just for me. So, here goes. I’m going to ask the family to pitch in on the housework more instead of trying to take up the slack because they’re all so busy or sleep deprived. Because you know what? So am I, and it’s not whining to ask for help when you need it.