Overwhelmed!!

Interestingly, I thought that going on Spring break would be a little freeing and easier than the previous weeks that I’ve had at school, but this spring break has been the complete opposite. It seems like I’ve just been moving from thing to thing to thing without any rest.

It reminds me of the book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg. He says in that book that you must ruthlessly eliminate “hurry” from your life. Of course, my life is driven by hurry. It is what wakes me up in the morning and keeps me going even when i have not had my first cup of coffee. It is what keeps telling me that if I do not get enough done today, then i will have wasted the day.

But to believe these lies that pop into my head only leads to more misery and really more hurrying because these lies often paralyze me.  For example, I realized today that I have a bunch of books overdue at several local libraries (that’s right, I still use the library). In fact, so many were overdue that i had over 14 dollars in library fines, which usually does not happen. Well, I’m sitting in front of my computer, staring at the screen, wondering what i should do next.  I almost felt hopeless (i know; that sounds kinda weird since i only had library fines). But I realized that sitting there and worrying about it was not going to help anything, so I got out of my chair, gathered my books, and went to two of the libraries to which i owed money.

It was important, thought, to realize that I needed to get moving and quit worrying about the fines. I needed to take the problem one little bit at a time. Isn’t this so often how we feel though? We are overwhelmed by all of the stuff going on around us, and it paralyzes us so that we no longer even know what the next step should be. Often, we do not take a step, which leads to what some would call “wasted time” and then we begin to hurry because instead of trying to take the problems that we had in front of us and dealing with them one at a time, we try and deal with all of them at once until we nearly kill ourselves “hurrying”.

Then we break down and realize that we cannot do all of it at once and that really trusting God with all of it is best because some of it is beyond our control (not the library fines, of course, but you know what i mean).  On the other hand, we do not always go to God with it either.  In fact, sometimes God is the last person we go to when these problems arise.  Sometimes we would rather find something that makes us feel good like drinking or sex or ignoring the problem,  but these things do not help anything because sooner or later, reality hits us in the face and we have to deal with those problems anyway.  So next time you feel overwhelmed, try talking to God about it as well as letting those feelings out to a friend because it seems to me like any other method just makes me more miserable.

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~ by randallkoehler on March 7, 2011.

One Response to “Overwhelmed!!”

  1. Amen brother! I find this same problem everyday working with dad and rick! Hurry hurry hurry otherwise we won’t get anything done today! There is a point in time when you realize that somethings like god are more important than work and that sometimes we have to slow down and not get as much done in 1 day as the day before or the day after! We are all in such a hurry in life we miss many good things that come our way!

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