Marcus Mariota is a promising young quarterback, but in his second year he still has lots to learn as the Tennessee Titans start the season 1-2. They had a chance to win in Week Three against the Raiders, but his three turnovers didn’t help matters. 

He realizes what part of the problem is and had this to say after the game: “I am trying to do too much, fight for a first down rather than just moving on and taking care of the football.”

Quarterbacks, especially young ones, must recognize their limitations by understanding when to push and extend themselves, and when to take the sack or run out of bounds. It’s a tough balance because they are trying to prove themselves and want to do everything they can to win the game. However, sometimes players can try to do too much, which ends up hurting the team.

I can relate to Marcus Mariota when I fall into the trap of “trying to do too much.” I love to think that I can do more and push myself a little further, but all too often it ends up being costly. I’ll say “yes” to too many things and then I end up not doing as well as I should or become extremely exhausted.

However, as followers of Jesus, we have to be reminded that we can rest in His grace and power and submit to the work He wants to do through us. As we trust and obey Him, we remain in His will and no longer have to get caught up in “trying to do too much.” When our efforts are apart from Him, they are pointless.

When we understand the depth of God’s love and mercy toward us, we don’t have to try and prove ourselves by what we do or how much we do. We recognize our limitations and weaknesses while surrendering and relying on the strength we have with Christ.

I find this verse to be extremely comforting and freeing in Psalm 46:10 (ESV): “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

“Be still” is so hard for us to embrace. We want to do more, accomplish so much, and never stop. However, when we pause and truly realize how amazing God is, we rest in Him and His work instead of in our own constant efforts of trying to do it all. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess I easily get caught up in my own desires to do more and prove how much I can accomplish. I know that I end up getting exhausted trying to do too much and then fall short. Please help me to be still and know that you are God. It’s your strength and mercy that I need. I desire to find my rest in You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.