The Secret to Faithfulness

By Lyn Smith

Faithfulness“I can’t do this anymore!”

Have you ever felt that way? Or maybe I should ask, how often do you feel that way?

The Problem

Unfortunately, that’s the thought that often leads to bad decisions. It comes from feeling stuck and hopeless. We feel like it will never change. It will always be this way. Therefore, we must do something.

Sometimes God does lay a holy restlessness on our hearts in order to produce change. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re referring to situations that require extreme integrity and trust to endure. Situations God has allowed that require faithfulness, such as a difficult family member, an illness, financial challenges, a rebellious child, or a hard marriage.

The Truth

God doesn’t ask us to do what’s right tomorrow. He asks us to do what is right today. That’s how we stay faithful – one day at a time. God’s grace is sufficient for today. We don’t know what tomorrow holds and we aren’t guaranteed any tomorrows. We only have this moment for sure so we need to live it in the way that honors God the most.

The Solution

You may think you can’t endure financial hardship for the next year, but you can save and spend wisely today.

You may think you can’t visit that parent with Alzheimer’s every day for the next five years, but you can visit today.

You may think you can’t stay in your marriage for the rest of your life, but you can stay in it today.

It’s kind of like running. I intend to run 10 miles. I have committed to it. But when I’m running, I’m not thinking about that tenth mile. I’m concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other. I run the mile I’m in, knowing that if I keep doing that, I’ll finish strong.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

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Lyn Smith

Lyn Smith served in Bible Study Fellowship International for 20 years as a Bible teacher and leadership trainer. You can read her blog and get to know her at  She co-hosts blog talk radio show “Living Truth”, serves on the Human Trafficking Task Force for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and is on the speaking and writing team ofLeadHer. She lives with her husband and three children in the Oklahoma City area. When she's not doing life in her four-inch stilettos, she's being athletic and running in her favorite sneakers.