Yesterday, in a matter of minutes, two very different people told me that they were overwhelmed. They both used that exact word. My response was that I know the feeling.
I was so struck by the use of the word that I decided to look it up. I found three definitions:
-give too much of a thing to (someone); inundate.
These definitions each give me pause. Do I have lots of work to do? Of course, I do, but the grace of God keeps me afloat. I am by no means drowning.
Am I defeated completely? The Bible says I am more than a conqueror. So that cannot possibly be the case.
But this last definition in the one that really gets me. To give too much of a thing to someone or something. It’s not that I have too much work, and too little time. The truth is I have given too much attention to all the things i’m supposed to be doing, and not enough attention to the one thing i’m Supposed to be doing right now. It’s not that I am truly overwhelmed. It’s that I can’t focus on the task at hand because I’m concerned about all the other tasks on my list.
When this happens, I usually stop everything i’m doing and take a quick lap around the block to refocus my energy. I focus solely on taking one step at a time. Then I get back to work, remembering to follow that same process.
There really are only a couple of things in this world that ought to overwhelm you and “the greatest of