When overwhelm starts to creep in our daily life we feel like it’s the beginning of the end and we just feel like giving up.
Well, let me give you some good news… it doesn’t have to be like that, my friend!!
Even though I don’t have a “magic pill” to make overwhelm go away, I can tell you that we do have the one thing we need to get it all together and “do our thing”. I bet you know what it is… rather Who it is = God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit.
So, here’s a bit of my own recent story dealing with overwhelm.
I recently started working on a project with a network marketing company. I believe deeply in its products and I know they are as good as it gets. Nonetheless, I didn’t think how much work I would have to put into it to make it work. Now, add that to another project I’m working on with my sister, and also, I’ll soon start covering a friend’s maternity leave at the school I used to work (oh, and this blog ;)).
Of course, when I realized that I had too many balls in the air, I started to freak out a bit… a lot.
Sounds familiar? Has anything like this ever happened to you?
So, how have I been dealing with overwhelm?
Well, let me tell you… it hasn’t been easy but it’s not impossible. (You know that, right? Mark 9:23 “Anything is possible if a person believes.”)
First, breathe and ask God for clarity. Clarity to organize your thoughts, ideas, projects, and goals.
What are you working on?
Write the specific projects down but separately.
What are the (short-term thru long-term) goals you want to accomplish in each thing you’re working on right now?
Write them down. Prioritize them according to deadlines set for you or ones you’ve set for yourself.
Now, break them down into small tasks you can start working on immediately. Prioritize these too according to the order they must have so they bring you closer to the goal. I mean, in all these planning we must be very organized. Being organized helps you to have more clarity, too.
Take one day at a time
Something I do often is overthinking about what I am going to do tomorrow and the day after that, and the day after that.
After that, I only find myself paralyzed with fear and … you guessed it! Overwhelm.
So, one thing I need to CONSTANTLY remember is what Jesus told us:
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:33-34)
If I were you, I’d keep that in front of me all the time.
Because we live in a world that tells us we must excel in everything, be the very best in what we do, work hard to __________________ (be rich, have more than our neighbor, be better than others, etc.). You get the point.
But God asks us to seek His Kingdom ABOVE ALL ELSE and live righteously.
How many people have forgotten about this as they try to run the race to wealth, fame, and glory? They end up doing whatever it takes to have the life they dreamed of.
But is that what we want? Is that what God wants from us? I hope the answer is clear to you (hint, Matthew 6:33).
Remember that our Father has equipped each one of us with everything we need to do what we must do, what He wants us to do.
So as we seek His Kingdom and live righteously, He will continue to provide us with the things we need daily to pursue His call.
Stop worrying so much that you freeze and start feeling less capable than you really are. Because your Father won’t give up on you. And maybe people have told you “God won’t give you more than you can take”… I must be honest, I used to think and say that too. Turns out that’s not even in the Bible… hahaha (So you can tell that to the next person who tells you that. 😉 Lovingly, of course).
Our God tells us something even better!
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
So let go of all the struggle and overwhelm because our God is with us. Let Him take control of everything you do and guide you in everything you are doing.
Just like Moses, Jeremiah, David, Peter, Gideon, and Paul were given tasks that seemed impossible – and we know they felt that tremendous overwhelm as they were given those tasks – God is giving us tasks that might seem too much for us now… But remember, He will handle everything for us, for His glory!!
AND DON’T FORGET!!:
Do you relate?
I hope this post has helped you to overcome overwhelm and know that God is with you in everything, always.
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