Have you ever felt stuck? Frustrated? At wit's end?
Yeah, me, too.
This weekend, I got "stuck" in a bit of striving--I forgot to ask God what He thought, where He wanted me to spend my time and energy--and my otherwise aimless wandering left me spinning my wheels and feeling a bit frustrated and overwhelmed. I couldn't believe how much time I invested trying to figure out how to complete 2 ministry tasks--and with no success! GRRR....
I think God gently reminded me that the idea was for me to FOLLOW. From small decisions and initiatives to the really big ones, He has my back. Even in the daily tasks and mundane chores, He has a plan for me and my time.
I discovered something so profound in my angst....
Some scientists say that we have about 60k thoughts daily. Others say it's waaaaay less, more like 6k.
And of these thoughts, the National Science Foundation postulated that 80% are negative and 95% repetitive (2005 study). Another study in that same year from Cornell suggested that 97% of our worries are actually unfounded.
Since I'm in the Choose 2 Think business, this information is quite fascinating to me. Why?
Because our thoughts literally affect our brains.
And if I'm having a gazillion negative thoughts daily and I'm repeating them, well, that's a recipe for one very weary, dissatisfied, and downtrodden noggin.
So what's a feller to do?
Recently as Rico the MorKY and I were taking our daily stroll around Midway, we reached the top of the pebbled path winding around Walter Bradley Park near the back of the elementary school. Our ears perked up, catching laughter bouncing around in the air off to our left.
...melodies so sweet, spontaneous, natural, and overflowing with sheer delight that steadily rose to meet the stunningly blue, cloudless sky....
Upon seeing three young children rolling, tumbling, giggling their way down the side of a slight hill, my mind flashed back to my own children delighting in such an adventure. Then I thought of myself. Why, I could also remember rolling down hills!
"Go!" my sister squealed, and together we spiraled, bumping, thumping, and trying to hold the proper form to master the fastest roll.
It's easy to get off track, especially if our load is heavy and cumbersome.
But thank God, we serve a Heavenly Father who is right there beside us
ready to help us get the wheels back on the path.
It may be a bumpy path, but we are never alone in the journey.
Tune in to today's C2T podcast for lessons I learned from my 2-year-old granddaughter.
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