“It doesn’t matter anyway”. Have you ever heard anyone say this?
Have you ever became so overwhelmed that you start to think whatever you do won’t matter anyway? Usually this feeling overcomes us when we have exhausted ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically. It is when we have allowed ourselves to have negative thinking about life’s circumstances, people and current situations along with a hopeless attitude. Most of the time, when we reach this point of not caring, it is then we reach a cross road of decision. It is then when we realize we are not super-human but just human in need of a Savior. How we respond to a life crisis will profoundly influence your ability to overcome the overwhelming 100% of the time. How you respond to negativity determines where you will be tomorrow. You are where you are today because of what you did yesterday and the day before. Not only should we be reminded of the reaping and sowing effect but also be reminded our minds can explode with negative thinking if we allow it. Negativity, depression, anxiety and other emotional crisis breeds the same thing in others around us if we refuse to change. Not only will it affect others but it also trains our children to do the same.
Overcoming the overwhelming is a process of renewing the mind, restoring our courage with faith and doing what God directs us to do. It starts with getting out of the chronic negative thought pattern. The ideal prescription includes Scripture memorization, meditation and faithful reading of God’s Word. It is taking a step up on the ladder to reconnect with the Spirit of the One in control. It is taking each day and looking for answers. Once we know the word of God, allow it to be sown into our minds, when a negative thought hits, we can zap it with a Scripture of positive promises. This takes practice and self-discipline. When a person gets to the point of thinking negative, acting in a negative way usually starts out with thoughts, actions and influences of other people. You must surround yourself with positive people who are wise. Wisdom is future present. When you pray for wisdom, you are asking God not only to enhance your mind but also make good decisions today and tomorrow. The battlefield is the mind because that is where it all starts, so when we reach the point of what’s the use, “I can’t do nothing,” should be a spark to let Jesus take over in complete control. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. It takes confidence and trust to believe Jesus can retrain your mind to be positive especially since we have practiced for so many years of negativity. We must have courage to have faith and to remind ourselves of this type of faith is limited within our own reasoning but with God is overflowing. Once we have made up our mind to change to be better and our heart to have faith it is then we must commit with habit. We go from head to heart, the thinking to emotions and on to the will. Doing ‘nothing’, is based on the faulty belief that nothing I do will matter anyway, that nothing is within my control will not produce change. We must relate to life changing value of responsible behavior. Too many negative people don’t want to change their lives because they refuse to change thoughts and habits or blame someone else for their circumstances. Many people have the victim mentality of being hurt or abused by someone else. Even if they have it doesn’t justify our behavior if you are a new creature in Christ. It is time that we take control of our lives by letting Jesus take control for us. We can do this through knowing His promises, trust and believe in those promises and then apply those promises. It is then you will find the peace you may be looking for, a positive life full of hope and faith.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, change my way of thinking today. Show me your path with wisdom. Take control of my thoughts, my heart and my will. I seek your direction with your word daily. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. NIV
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.