Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Too much on your plate? I get it! But you don’t have to stay like that. Here are 3 simple says to beat overwhelm before it actually hits!
For the past while I’ve been hearing, seeing, reading, and speaking about being called, being qualified, being equipped and all of that. You too? If you’re over there like, “Kaela… me too” then just know you are in the right place. This, again, is confirmation for you too.
I’ve got three steps that I know I’ve used in my own life in many situations whether with sports or with education or business goals too when it comes to visions, so here we go.
1: Check Your Priorities
Sometimes our problem is that our priorities are out of whack. I’ll give you a little insight right here, but check out Episode 32 titled “3 Keys to prioritizing your day”. The most incredible thing I learned while studying for that episode is this – prioritize doesn’t mean finished first, it means of highest importance.” That has changed my life!
Sometimes, we think everything that is important is a priority, and then we think everything that is a priority needs to be done RIGHT NOW! Plate is full… OVERWHELMED!
You know what I think the biggest stealer of true priorities in our lives is? FOMO! Fear of missing out. We don’t want to miss an opportunity. We don’t want to miss out on what someone else is doing. Some of us are so helpful and so giving that it’s detrimental. We always are helping someone else to the point we can’t help ourselves. Some people can never turn down a business opportunity. I’m not saying you should turn things down, I’m simply asking you, encouraging you, even challenging you to check your priorities so that you can beat overwhelm before it actually hits.
GOD DOES NOT DESIRE FOR YOU TO BE OVERWHELMED!
2: Check Your Portion Sizes
Let’s talk about Thanksgiving, shall we? You prepare to fill your plate, and then some. Ahead of time you prepare to overwhelm your stomach and your body. The serving spoons on Thanksgiving are NOT set up for portion control, right? So it’s up to you. Discipline. Self-control. Self-love. I am not saying not to indulge. I am not saying not to eat everything that is offered on that day with your family. But do you have to have THAT portion size to overload your plate?
So what is it in your life that you’ve got your portions a little too big? Have you said you will volunteer for the PTA events at your child’s school but now you are there every single week rather than the 2 weeks you said you could commit to?
So, how can you actually stop the overwhelm before it gets started? Start with a smaller plate. This is a literal cue that a lot of people use when trying to control their food portions. Why is it so hard to put this concept into practice in our minds and the other areas of our lives?
In other areas of lives, we are trying to balance huge platters and serving trays just praying things don’t topple over. AND, we are often carrying everyone else’s stuff with us, right?
In Galatians 6:2-3, Paul teaches this, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.”
Yes, carry other people’s burdens, but please read the entire statement. Verse 1 of Galatians chapter 6 says this, “Dear brothers and sisters, if any believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” So yes we are to carry one another’s burdens, but that doesn’t mean with no boundaries at all, and not to the detriment of ourselves so that we can beat overwhelm before it actually hits.
One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Thessalonians 5:11. It says this: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” As Believers we are to bear one another’s burdens but we are also to build one another up. Strengthen one another. Not “here let me carry all your stuff for you” but “here let me come alongside you, let me help you carry this AS YOU KEEP TRAINING and building the muscles so that you can carry it alone and it’s not a burden any longer.”
3: Check Your Pride
Remember that server carrying the tray with everyone else’s meals on it? They are walking so cautiously and confidently with that huge heavy tray above their head. I got it… I got it… I got it… until… I don’t got it.
Immediately everyone asks, “Are you ok” “Are you ok”? To which the response is usually, “I’m ok, I’m just embarrassed.”
That one extra plate. That one side dish stacked a little off. That one business opportunity. That one offer to let them stay with you for a month. That one commitment to the next 6 Saturdays, your usual only day off. Now your plate, your tray, it’s too full, and… if one thing is off balance, the whole thing is about to topple.
God won’t give you more than you can handle.
Did you know that’s not exactly in the Bible? We often speak this famous quote when we need some more hope, some more strength, a boost to keep on keeping on.
But God clearly tells us not to be overwhelmed, to cast our cares on Him, to lay down our burdens before Him.
See, what I’m realizing is this: God won’t give me more than I can handle.” Sure. But I, myself, have scooped so much onto my own plate that I am now overwhelmed. My priorities became out of whack. My portion sizes were way too big, and my pride – I thought I could do it all, all by myself.
The truth is that alone, I can’t do it at all!
Some simple shifts can change everything for you. You don’t have to walk around feeling overwhelmed. And you don’t have to always say no to everything to protect your personal space from overwhelm.
It’s up to you. He’s ready. He has more for you, but I have to believe He won’t give you more than you can handle. So if your plate is already full… well it’s time to do some examining and some evaluating. You have the tools. Now it’s time to beat overwhelm before it actually hits!
This blog is a portion of an episode of the His Word My Walk podcast. To experience the full episode and teaching, simply click the play button at the top of this post, or find the His Word My Walk podcast in your preferred listening app.
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