When Life Overwhelms You


I’m writing these words for my own peace and hopefully to encourage someone else. Sometimes life is just too overwhelming to swallow all at once. It’s in these moments that it’s critical we take a bite out of that elephant one piece at a time. Otherwise, you will be paralyzed by all that needs to happen and nothing much will happen. Therefore, before you go any further take out a sheet of paper and map out your best God-led approach.

First, write out a list of the most important things that need to be done or given attention. Then, seek to put things in an order of priority from most important to least important. This doesn’t mean that all these things aren’t important, but not everything needs to happen right this moment. What do you need to do today that can’t wait for tomorrow? What do you need to do right now that if not done will be deeply regretted later.

One thing I can tell you from experience is you need to pray. Not later and not just in reference by some words. You need to earnestly put everything in God’s hands and ask God to guide your every step forward. Let Him reveal the difference between what you can handle and what you can’t. Often God’s word and spirit simply sheds light on the next step and doesn’t give us the full picture. However, as a buddy of my used to always say “If you do what’s right you can’t go wrong.”

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving present your requests to God. Then, the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ. Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:6-7)

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