"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
I chuckled when I read my niece's e-mail the other day. She said her nine-month-old daughter was already showing her independence! It reminded me of my own daughter. At age 18 months her favorite phrase was "Me do it."
She struggled to dress herself each morning, was determined to pour her own cereal and milk into her bowl for breakfast, and labored to spread peanut butter and jelly on bread for lunch. Although I was right there and ready to help, she did not want me to. In fact, when time or safety dictated that I step in, she dissolved into tears and loudly protested, "No, me do it!"
While we endeavor to teach our children to be independent and self-sufficient, our Christian walk is just the opposite. Instead of struggling to do everything on our own, we are to rely on our Heavenly Father. He is standing by, ready and willing to help us. But so many times, just like my daughter, we prefer to do ourselves. We wait until we make a mess of things and then humble ourselves and go to the Lord.
So, the next time you are tempted to grit your teeth and proclaim, "Me do it." Relax. Cast all your anxiety on God and accept His help.