A recent study shows that “Overthinking Worriers are probably creative geniuses”. For someone who knows the struggle of thinking too much, I wasn’t happy with that study at all! In fact, whenever I feel like my thoughts are eating me up,I would instantly grab my phone and search about it on Google. Very millennial, right?
As Pastor Mhar Contemprato once shared, “When all you can see is your life falling apart, perhaps you are not looking at the life beyond this world”. All this time, overthinking has only led me to become forgetful of God’s greater glory.Despite it all, God still shows His goodness over me by reminding that to live a Christian life is to live differently. Whenever I wrestle with my thoughts, I should reach out to God and not my phone or Google. This was hard at first, but I have come to realize and live by the following principles that would echo in my head every time I’m faced with different struggles in life. After all, having a piece of mind is not a piece of cake. It takes years and requires everyday prayer to overcome every trial coming in.
- Think twice, thrice, or even more before you speak. Thinking more than once helps make sure that curses or painful words won’t come out from your mouth. Try to analyze the situation and understand the person you’re talking to. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29
- Ask God directly. As social beings, we love seeking answers from other people who would only promise us temporary pleasures of this world. At the end of the day, we only get disappointed and find ourselves questioning more. It is okay to share your problems with people you’re comfortable with or have an outlet, but taking their ‘worldly’ advices and applying them to your life are different. When you pray first, God will use anyone or anything to reveal His answer to you. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
- Do not compare. Just because the person beside you looks better, it does not mean his or her life is a perfect one. Instead of counting you neighbor’s blessings, count yours instead and remind yourself that you are highly favored because God has called you ‘My child’. Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield. – Psalm 5:12
- There is life beyond this world. Once a born-again Christian, you no longer strive for excellence for your own glory. You no longer conform to the pleasures of this world or to the ‘me first’ system of a human nature. When
- you’ve realized and accepted that everything in here is temporary, loving while waiting for Jesus becomes easier. So take heart, take courage, because He has promised us more than we could ever imagine. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20
- Finish the race. What you started, you should finish. Because of the overwhelming and often disorganized thoughts of a very creative person, he or she would either give up the work or start anew—and then the cycle goes on. There’s no finish line. But for us Christians, we minister because we have a purpose. We serve God because when the time comes, we can finally say to Him, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.– 2 Timothy 4:7