“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”
St. Francis of Assisi gave this advice for those in ministry:
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
I imagine we all have a few projects on our to-do list that could qualify, at this stage, as impossible. Or maybe they just seem that way — requiring more energy and more resources than we can currently muster.
Whether the task is impossible or merely feels that way, the solution is the same. Do what must be done, then do what can be done. Eventually, looking back, you’ll see that you’ve accomplished what they said couldn’t be done.
The process always begins with facing the most necessary task of the day. We don’t drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.
David said this about priorities: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
He’s not talking about counting our days, but making our days count. How do we do it…
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
It’s a battle you can win, too.