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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Over Thinking Things

Sometimes the worst place to be is in your own head! I have heard that overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren't even there. You know when you start obsessing over some situation - about anything; a job, a person, a relationship, finances, etc. As you dwell on this, you try to figure out, passively, the meaning, the cause and the consequences of the situation. "Worrying about how things might go wrong won't help things go right." We are trying to get control of something we cannot control. We do this when our mind is idle.

I hate to admit it but if overthinking burned calories I would be a super model! We have to stop worrying, wondering and doubting. We have to trust God that things will work out even if it is not the way we planned. Philippians 4: 6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." No matter our difficulty, it does no good to power through on our own. It won't work. We need to draw closer to God. Hebrews 10: 22, "...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."

Our mind will not be idle if we live in the present. Be attentive to God in the moment and our mind will not go "there". That is what we are really longing for even when we do not realize it. Psalm 63: 1, " You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water." When we go to God our whole mindset changes. Psalm 23: 2-3, "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake." Doesn't that sound better than overthinking?

"Worrying about how things might go wrong won't help things go right."


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