This Minute

“Sometimes, it is best to just stop and focus on what we need right now, in this minute. If the enemy can overwhelm us, then the enemy wins. Remember that” – Daddy

Those profound words were what I wrote at the bottom of the page in my Guidepost daily devotional this morning. The words are for my boys. For one day.

They are simply what I would say to them if they were me, sitting here right now, rejoicing in the gifts and blessings of this world, or, juggling the things I am juggling, carrying, dragging, perhaps buried under. Depends on the day.

In a way it’s a small “note of encouragement” in a big and complex world. An uplifting thought or suggestion. A reminder that there is God, who is for us, and there is the enemy and his minions, who are not.

Midway down the page of the devotional the author asked, “what do you need in this minute”? The words jumped off the page at me.

“What do you need in this minute”? Not collectively, not next year, or next month, or even this afternoon, but right now, in this single minute. What…. do…. you…. need?!

Perhaps it is just to get through the moment?

It didnt happen often, and it hasn’t happened in a long while, but there have been times in the past where I was so overwhelmed, the load of the day so heavy, that I left my desk at work, found a dark quiet room and just sat there like a fighter between rounds, asking God to intervene while I tried to gather myself.

In that minute, the only thing I needed was for someone to stand guard, and just let me breathe.

In time I was always able, with God’s help, to get up, throw my shoulders back, and get back in the fight. Again, with God’s help.

When life gets to be overwhelming, and it will, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Certainly don’t be afraid to ask God for help, and….

Ask yourself, what do I need in “this minute”? A temporary retreat is not surrender, or defeat. Sometimes it’s a good strategy.

Get In The Boat. Do Your Part.

From Nose To Toes!

Shane / #16