A Little Wisdom from a Fat Cat


garfieldI felt the nudge. I took the risk.

“Have you ever heard of Garfield, the cat on the cartoons?”

The quizzical look on her face said, “And what does that have to do with anything?” She cautiously answered, “Yes.”

So I figured I’d already hung myself by using Garfield as a reference; might as well go for it now.

“When my kids were little, I heard Garfield say something once that stuck with me and I think it might be helpful to you.”

At that point, I imagine she was thinking, “Really????”  Nonetheless, I proceeded.

Garfield said, “Yard by yard, life’s real hard. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.”

I expanded by talking about how we often get shut down when life seems overwhelming. We throw in our cards, so to speak, and walk away from the current game because it appears that we have lost it all.

It might be shutting the laundry room door because the clothes are piled almost to the ceiling. Or perhaps we ignore the pile of bills because the truth is too painful to face. Maybe we refuse to step onto the scales because we dread the number that will be staring back.

Or perhaps, we’ve lost a loved one in death and can’t seem to find the strength to face the day. Maybe we’re trying to win the battle over alcoholism or some sort of addiction.

Whatever the overwhelming things are in our life, there is always a way out, through, over, or around. Trying to find that way can feel like an impossible task but one thing that really helps me is this idea of facing it a little bit at a time.

Instead of being overwhelmed when we don’t know how in the world things in our life are going to change, we can simplify matters and just “do the next right thing.”

If we do the next right thing and make the next right choice and face life as it comes little by little, we often can begin to feel stronger, more in control, more empowered to overcome. Momentum kicks in. Hope grows.

What’s shutting you down today? What is there that you feel unable to tackle? Is there something that when you think about it, you feel an insurmountable wave of emotion coming straight at you like a tsunami?

God doesn’t want us to be overwhelmed. He knows that life is hard at times.

One of my absolutely favorite scriptures is Psalm 61:2  David penned these words: From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

David knew what it was to be overwhelmed, and he knew how to overcome by planting the feet of his faith on the Higher Rock.

There is a Rock, Christ, who is our higher ground. He lives in is and is with us. When we lean into his perspective and rely on his power, our hearts are strengthened. We can more clearly see the big picture, and most of all we can know and believe that we are not alone. God is for us.

Will you access the grace of God that is sufficient for what you need this day and trust Him that tomorrow there will be new provisions of His grace and power?

What’s the next right thing for you?


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  1. Sandra Harper says:

    Awesome word Mikki. Thanks, I needed this today.

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