Many times we try to do too many things on our own and as a result, we find ourselves worn out to the point of exhaustion. Then after it is too late, we notice the effect of trying to do it all by ourselves especially through the people around us.
Well, this is my life right now. Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) of two children and a wife, I feel like I have too much on my plate sometimes. I am normally multitasking to the point that I don't know if I am coming or going. Many times I work myself beyond the point of exhaustion which causes me to be cranky as my daughter points out often. The Holy Spirit showed me that when I don't spend time in the Bible or in prayer that my spirit starts to harden and then that hardness begins to manifest into my physical being as well. This, in turn, effects my family because I can become unpleasant to be around due to the anger and anxiety which has built up over time.
I know I am not the only one who does this because Moses tried this very thing, in Exodus 18, where he felt the need to listen to and help solve every matter that the Israelites had after they were freed from Egypt. One day Jethro, his father in law, came to visit and brought this to Moses' attention by saying, "Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone" (found in Exodus 18:18 KJV). Basically Jethro's solution was for Moses to get other men of God to help him.
There have been many times where I have had to realize I needed help and allow others to help me. I even gained a better understanding of this when I was trying to overcome some sins in my life. (Yeah, I was a mess and am still a work in progress when it comes to my relationship with Jesus Christ.) But my approach was to just stop sinning all on my own and God showed me why I could not. My problem was the fact that I was trying to save myself.
I had forgotten Romans 10:13 KJV which says "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." I needed Jesus in order to overcome the chains of sin which had kept me bound for years. Remember you don't have to struggle with sin any longer and you don't have to do it all alone!