Sometimes I think we absorb so much information and analyze things to death, to the most minute detail, that we basically paralyze ourselves. We spend to much time absorbing and not enough time actually doing. This post should have come before the last one, but that is just how my brain works and how God intended it to happen. In my life I have tended to analyze everything to a “t”. I would weigh each and every decision as though life and death hung in the balance. Where to eat? McDonalds, or Crispers? What to do first on saturday?…ect You get my point. I have even analyzed the thoughts of what it would take to write a book and even delve into the story of a dark part of my life.
So where am I going with this post you might ask?
Jesus says in Matt 5:37 NLT
“Just say a simple, `Yes, I will,’ or `No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”
For much of my life I have suffered from what I have heard many gifted leaders and motivational speakers refer to as Paralysis from Analysis. This means that instead of just doing something based on a decision you made you instead analyze it further and further until you get to a point that you think you just need even more information to make the decision…and in the end you end up with either lots of good books on the subject or millions of bookmarks saved in your favorite internet application (firefox 3 btw is mine!). Now, if you do the analysis in your head, well then you have millions on thoughts that probably made their way onto pieces of paper at some point, and they are probably floating around your office or room in no particular order. One thing God has been showing me is how to be a man of either Yes or No and what it means to trust him to make that decision.
To Trust or Not to Trust?
See, God showed me that Trust is the key. If I have confidence in who He is and what he has led me to do, then I will walk in that confidence and trust him with the decision.
Charles Stanley puts it like this-
“Simply trust God and leave all the consequences to Him”
For so long I have analyzed things and decisions out of fear of trusting God and the inclinations and confirmation he has given me in the decisions I need to make. So that covers the big ones right… now for the smaller decsions. Well, simply, I just decide and let my yes be yes and my no be a solid no.
So in conclusion-
I have decided to do these 4 things.
1. Pursue God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.
2. Plan my life out, by making decisions and sticking with them.
3. Invest more time in the relationships with people that mean so much to me.
4. Start saying “no” to so many things now, so I can say “yes” to so many things later
Now, sure, there are many other thing that could make that list, but those are it. And after all it is really not worth my time to sit there and analyze and think about what I might have missed, I will just leave that part to God. I trust Him. After all that is what it is all about isn’t it?
Look for the next post… where I will be starting to talk about Porn and its effects.