When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭

You gotta feel bad for this beaver.

I mean, he really bit off more than he could chew. This tree is a mature one – I couldn’t reach around it. And the evidence shows he really, really made a concerted effort to down this sucker.

His eyes were just bigger than his teeth, is all.

Ever do that? Take on a humongous project (or three!) and run out of ooomph to power through?


I so hear you.

Been there, done that.

If you’re expecting me to give you a pep talk right about now and urge you on to the finish line, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Rather the opposite.

I’m about to tell you not to bite off quite so much.

See, God has absolutely gifted you. He’s given you abilities and talents and outright gifts, things He wants you to bless your world with, to use you to make your corner of the world a brighter, more glorious, kingdom-built space.

But girl, you don’t have to do it all.

I’m serious.

This tree is now a disaster zone. The beaver can’t use it. The tree won’t survive the damage done. The forest has lost an Elder, and to gross mismanagement, to boot.

Y’all are going to be a disaster zone too, if you keep biting off more than you can chew.

God has gifted you. He will give you the strength you need to finish what He calls you to do.


But sister, He didn’t call you to do it all.

He didn’t equip you to do it all. He didn’t plan for you to do it all. He isn’t requiring you to do it all. He doesn’t expect you to do it all.

So when you try to bite straight though all the things you’re saying yes to, and you get slivers all over your face, you can’t get all sour with everyone around you.

Are y’all hearing this?

Now, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes God will call you to do hard things, things you will absolutely need to rely upon Him for completion. That’s a different thing altogether.

I’m saying we need to be careful and mindful of the things we take on out of guilt, or compulsion, or because our ego got stroked, or because we think we can do it better than someone else.

God is only calling you to what He is calling you to. Don’t add to the pile.

It won’t turn out well.

Prayerfully and mindfully consider what you need to take on with me?

Father, we often say yes to opportunities for the wrong reasons. Remind us to be wise in what we take on, so that we don’t overextend ourselves. Help us to do what You call us to do well, and let go of what isn’t our responsibility. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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