The cure for overwhelm
About once a week I go to a spin class that’s taught by a pastor. Without trying, he preaches every time. One day I was feeling overwhelmed because I was completely winded and drained, and we were only a whopping 15 minutes into the hour-long class. How in the world was I going to make it? My thought process went something like this—Maybe I should just leave now. No, I can’t do that. I know! I’ll just take it really easy. I’ll slack off for a few songs to reserve energy. Then, as if on cue, the instructor resonantly said, “Why are you saving it?!! PUSH!” He’s right, I thought. Give it all you’ve got for just this one song. And I did. And then I did again for the next, and the next, and before I knew it class was over and I was thrilled.
Overwhelm has been hanging over my head quite a bit lately—offering to take over for me. But I’ve learned it’s never very helpful. The type of overwhelm I’m taking about is actually fear. It’s the kind that meets you right when you wake up and tells you there’s no way you can possibly get through the day successfully. The kind that tells you there’s no way you can possibly get through your life successfully.
You can’t possibly get through the mess you’re in right now. You can’t possibly be a great parent or spouse. You can’t possibly get in shape. You can’t possibly excel at work. You can’t possibly bring that creative idea to life. You can’t possibly _________ .
There’s no way you can keep it up. You’re going to fail anyway so just give up now. Sound familiar?
I often find myself winded before I even start the day. And then I hear that still small voice, “One song at a time. One day at a time. One step at a time. I’m here. You can do this.”
He never gives me all the energy, talent, patience, resources or clarity at once.
It’s step by step power. Step by step grace.
Why are you saving it?! Give it all you’ve got at the present moment. And guess what? When you’re out, He’ll replenish you. Try it and see.
Keep going, friends!
They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. – Psalm 84:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. – Psalm 28:7