Kill the What Ifs and Buts
What if this doesn’t go as planned? What if I fail? But if I do this the outcome may not be what I want it to be. These are the type of thoughts that cause procrastination. The problem is sometimes when we say what if or but we talk ourselves out of our blessings.
Overthinking a situation can be one of the worst things a person can do.
Don’t get me wrong, I overthink just about everything, but I am working on that. When an opportunity presents itself in life sometimes we don’t need to know all the answers. I still battle with trying to figure out and plan out everything I do, which has caused me a lot of heartache when things don’t go the way I planned.
I try to think about every possible outcome in every situation and honestly, I think that has caused me to push away many disguised blessings. I'll give you an example, I was living in Atlanta a couple of years ago, and I had planned to get a job, have my own place and just live my best life. BUT... Things didn’t work out like that, I couldn’t find a job, I was living with someone sleeping on a twin-size blow-up mattress, I missed my family, I REALLY missed my dog, and I was so broke somedays I couldn’t even eat.
So, I decided to go back to Virginia for a few months, because this is not what I had planned, and WHAT IF things never got better? About a week or two after I got to Virginia I received a call from a lady that worked at the NAACP, and she asked me to speak to a group of high schoolers, around the same time I was told about a conference that was about to take place that would provide a lot of networking opportunities, and lastly a lady from CNN contacted me and wanted me to meet with her. All this happened within weeks after I left Atlanta, and because I left I missed every opportunity. Things got hard and I felt like things were not going as planned so, I overthought myself into missed opportunities.
What we don’t realize is sometimes God don't reveal things to us because he wants us to fight and depend on him.
Let's be honest if we knew the outcome to every situation we go about things a lot differently, and we wouldn't need to have any faith, because we would already know what was going to happen. I think life is like a pre-approved loan. God already knows everything we are destined for, all we have to do is apply ourselves, and take what's already been approved/given to us from God. When we start overthinking and doubting things we are just hurting ourselves and delaying the process.
I had a conversation with a great friend the other day, she asked me, “how do you know when an opportunity is from God, or if it's just a distraction from the devil.” My response is, "distractions take you further away from God, if the opportunity is not pulling you away from God, or from your purpose in life take the chance."
Just because things don’t look the way you expected them to look is not a bad thing. I believe we serve a purposeful God, He doesn’t do anything by mistake. This opportunity may didn’t present itself to further your career, but it may be something as small as, God needed you to meet someone that was in that place at that time. So always, Take a chance and stop doubting and overthinking things because its only setting you back.
Song- I'm Getting Ready ~Tasha Cobb Leonard
Scripture- But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. ~James 1:6-7