Overwhelm happens. We work. We take the children where they need to go. We buy groceries and other necessities of life. We cook. We clean. We try to rest. We are easily overwhelmed by life. The more we focus on all we have to do, the more overwhelmed we become. Anything we focus on grows bigger in our minds. Rather than focusing on what is overwhelming us, we should focus on something else.
When we are so focused on all the things that overwhelm us, we are guilty of not focusing on Jesus. If we don’t take time to recognize Him in our day, we will continue to be overwhelmed. We shouldn’t allow the things of life surround us and attempt to choke our lives. We are to, instead, look to Jesus. We can’t focus on Jesus and the things of the world. We have to choose. When we turn our eyes away from Jesus, we will sink. Keeping our eyes on Him will help us remain calm.
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (NLT)
1. Write what overwhelms you the most.
2. List what Scripture says about this.
3. Know God is waiting to help you.
4. Turn your eyes off the world and focus on Jesus.
Dear Lord, let us not be guilty of overwhelm because we are focused on our issues rather than You. You are bigger than any problem we have. You are greater than anything or anyone in this world. Our daily struggles will continue to be struggles as long as we keep our eyes on them. We want to remember to keep our eyes on You and giving You our burdens so we are not guilty of trying to do everything ourselves. Help us, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)
Romans 8:6 “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (NLT)
Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” (NLT)
Colossians 3:2 “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (NLT)
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