The dictionary has 5 distinct meanings for this word, the first and the fifth place definitions I will address in this blog. First, to be overcome in mind or feeling. ” We” all have felt at one time or another like everything around us is more that we are capable of handling. This thought brings on the feeling of hopelessness. One might entertain for a moment or two that they might want to give up on a project or person or even themselves. And the other definition, “to overthrow”.
There are times when we feel as if we have been overthrown, that we missed the mark so completely that the effort to go back and try it again seems so exhausting and futile. So it is at times like these that we must draw from the wells of wisdom. We can’t listen to our own minds and thoughts when we are feeling this way. We need a flood, if you will, of what I like to refer to as “truth reality!” The truth surrounding your overwhelming reality, is this…It doesn’t have to remain apart of your circumstance. There is a way out of it. There is an open door but you must look for it and go to it, open it and look at the other side. There is release on the other side, there is help on the other side. Your help may be found in reading a chapter in the Bible, or by reading the inspirational words of someone who has gone through, it might be found in the sound of praise music, or in an “inperson” helping hand. You are not alone even though you might feel like it. We are all connected to somebody, so unless you have lived a life that utterly excludes every single human being, there is someone that will lend you a hand. It might even be a stranger.
Just believe this… that being overwhelmed does not have to overtake your life. It may have come into your life but like all things, this too shall pass. Encourage yourself to accept that this feeling is only for the moment, not forever. Pick up yourself and deliberately choose to move away from this place, go to that door and open it, yes look for the way out. It is there and once you find it, you will feel better again…not so “overwhelmed! Take a deep breath and embrace your solution, even though it might mean letting go of some things.
When was the last time you “cheerfully” gave anything away? When was the last time you “cheerfully” gave yourself away? Sometimes things are easier to give than yourself. While things are nice, people need people. Yes, even the old miserable cantankerous ones need other people too, even though they don’t act like it. Even the young, think they know it all people, still need people. The struggling, the workaholic, the career minded, the shy, the lonely, you name the category.
Sometimes its a smile that’s needed or a hug, or a helping hand. Sometimes people just need someone to listen to what they have to say or they just need a shoulder to cry on. Do you have time today to give yourself away? Somebody needs a loving and reaffirming touch. Somebody needs a helping hand. Somebody needs to hear your cheerful voice. Somebody needs to know you care. You don’t have to search far to find them, just be sensitive to your inner voice and when you look up and look around they will be right there in your path. Go give them what they need, and you will be glad you did. Why? Because you can’t sow into the life of another without having it come back into your own. One day you will need what you are cheerfully giving away today.
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God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. AMEN
No matter what you might be going through, no matter what you might be facing, decide now…to trust God with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He WILL direct your path.
May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you. Ephesians 1:18 niv
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
What [does] it mean to be just like Jesus? The world has never known a heart so pure, a character so flawless. His spiritual hearing was so keen he never missed a heavenly whisper. His mercy so abundant he never missed a chance to forgive. No lie left his lips, no distraction marred his vision. He touched when others recoiled. He endured when others quit. Jesus is the ultimate model for every person…. God urges you to fix your eyes upon Jesus. Heaven invites you to set the lens of your heart on the heart of the Savior and make him the object of your life. Attributed to Max Lucado Wisdom for the Journey…If not Jesus then who…and why?
Examine your heart today. There are many paths, many schools of thought, but only one leads to God. Seek out this truth and you shall surely find it! MTB