“Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.” ~ Maya Angelou
One of my downfalls is thinking too much.
I’m rather heady and love an intellectual challenge. Something in the way God made me leads me to think a lot, but sometimes it gets way out of hand.
An early step in my personal growth was to learn to not think as much.
Generally, I keep that up. But sometimes I fall back into the trap of thinking too much – and worrying.
I think of all the alternatives to whatever situation. My thoughts go off in multiple directions, seeking out all the ways a situation could develop. Thinking this way is often helpful, but not when it gets out of control. Not when I let it take over.
God gave me a brain to think. God gave me the inclination to learn and learn and learn… God gave me a deep interest in history and how people “work”. And God gave me a love for God.
So, every now and then I need to reset my brain and remember that no matter how much I think, I can’t control everything, can’t predict everything and in fact, may be preventing God from doing God’s Work in me.
I can endure because of God. I can move forward because of God. And while my thinking can help, I need to keep track that my thinking isn’t getting in the way.
Lord, help me and others who think too much remember that You are ultimately in control. We do not and can not have all the answers. We cannot predict everything. Lord, help us to think, but not too much. Amen.