"I'm not sure I can do this."
Have you ever muttered such a line? I know I have. Quite a few times over the last few months, in fact. When I agreed to take on the job teaching preschool last fall, I knew it would affect how much time I had to do other things, but I didn't realize how much I could still get done in spite of the extra responsibilities and time.
A few years ago, I volunteered to lead singing for our annual Ladies' Day. We have it every year at the end of February. Evidently, what the lady heard when I volunteered was that I wanted to take over and start being in charge of it. That's not really what I meant, but each year since then, I've taken on more of it, from finding the speaker to making sure everything was done when it needed to be to chasing down a deacon and getting a check signed, etc. And this year, especially, the thought of all of that was overwhelming me like crazy. How could I possibly get everything done on top of everything else I had going on in February? I couldn't.
At least, that's what I told myself.
You see, there's a secret to pulling off a good Ladies' Day. It doesn't happen with only one woman planning it and making things happen. No way. There were at least eight or ten other ladies working behind the scenes to make sure everything was cut for the craft, the tables were decorated, the meat was cooked, etc. I was not in it by myself.
And at home, too, I didn't have to worry about doing everything there alone, either, because my husband is amazing at supporting me in my crazy endeavors--from leading up Ladies' Day to writing to adding another craft to my plans and taking in prom dresses for the girls at church to being a mom and wife. He's there for me. We take turns bathing children and cooking dinner and everything else.
So, despite sickness hitting my family that week, and a few other snafus and things going not as planned, Ladies' Day turned out beautifully.
You never know what you can do until you actually get in there and do it. Especially when you have so many amazing people who have your back.
Have you ever had something you thought was impossible? Did you overcome it or are you still holding back? You'll never know until you try.
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