At first thought our man said to himself, I suppose the saying is correct. It is true. There is nothing I can do, so I will put myself out of my misery and just fall today.
He left the chapel and headed for what he knew to be a high cliff to carry out his plan. While walking along the path another thought raced into his mind. I may take my life, but then my family will be faced with all this stuff. I don’t know what to do. Just then a simple, but often overlooked plan took hold of him and almost with joy he said to himself. I am going to organize all these “true” things and by God’s grace I will work them out one at a time. As I find solutions to the simple ones, this will free my mind to discover solutions to the bigger, but fewer problems.
By separating the problems into groups and then taking the simplest one in the simple group he shortly worked and prayed his way through the mountain of insolvable problems. I recall one morning when my son, Dr. Jonathan Lilly, was about 6 years old, burst into the living room and said, “Hey Dad! how do you eat an elephant?” I replied, “Son, I have no idea.” He grinned and said, “Aw Dad, you eat an elephant one bite at a time!” He scampered out of the room laughing all the way to the front door.
The saying carved into the stone over the chapel entrance is true. The wisdom in the carving is simple. Living in denial about things is not an option. Accepting things as they are, recognizing them as real, puts the “things” into a position to be seen clearly and this helps to focus on solutions, one bite at a time. As long as you waste time fretting, you will make no positive progress and problems that are allowed to fester soon spread poison throughout your thinking faculties, thus creating new and tougher problems.
Dale Carnegie taught the secret of living in Day Tight Compartments. He got the idea from Jesus.
Mt 6:31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
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