It’s been a while since I posted a blog so I’ve decided to sit down and write. While writing this entry, I’m preaching a four-week series at Uplift entitled “Overwhelmed”, so I’ve decided to write about that.
Think about this, have you ever felt stressed, or maybe even exhausted? Notice that I didn’t ask if you were tired. You may feel tired because you stay out too late and your alarm didn’t care, it still sounded bright an early. You can feel exhausted even after getting eight hours of sleep. You may wonder how why this happens.
Our lives are constantly bombarded with so many issues that it’s often difficult to balance it. How do we balance, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope, then add to the mix, bills, work, traffic, relationships, kids practice, working out, cooking, Love and Hip Hop, FOOTBALL, cleaning, oil change, more FOOTBALL, oh yeah and sleeping? For many of us, that’s just a Monday. Feeling a little overwhelmed?
It’s amazing that life can go from 0 to 100 real quick and this causes us to feel overwhelmed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed here are a few things to consider.
1. God is Greater Than
Sometimes we are overwhelmed by problems that we can’t solve. Anxiety gets the best of us when a project is due and you aren’t sure if you’re going to make the deadline or the car needs repairs and you’re worried about affording it. When you are out of options and it seems as though problems are too much to handle, remember that God is greater than your problems. The entire book of Daniel serves as a reminder to us that no problem we face is too big for God.
2. Just Do It
Nike’s motto is great when you feel overwhelmed. Sitting and worrying about what overwhelms you only causes more worry. Our minds have a funny way of making a small challenge seem like the greatest challenge the world has ever seen. If a paper is due for class and your worried about finishing, don’t waste time think about how bad life will be if you are kicked out of college and have to work at “Lil Mike’s Diner”. When faced with a time sensitive problem, take action. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
3. Ask for Help and Allow It
I have to admit, I struggle with this one. I’m a bit of a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Much of our reluctance to ask for help comes because we desire to be in control or we’re perfectionist. I’ve come to realize that others are more than willing to help us and may enjoy it if we’ll simply ask. God may have prepared someone to help you but you need to ask. Once someone agrees, be willing to allow him or her to help. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).