Confessions of an Overthinker

What would happen if we stopped thinking so much? Over thinking is a curse I battle on a daily basis. I over think everything, even now as I write out my thoughts I am overthinking about overthinking. Is that the right way to say it? Does that make sense? Maybe I should write about something else?

I can overthink and over analyze just about anything and everything. I carry a microscope around with me everywhere. It is EXHAUSTING yall! Don’t get me wrong thinking is a gift of God that we as His children have been given to make choices that honor Him and give Him glory. But what happens when thinking becomes a distraction, a hindrance to His purpose for our life. What happens when we overthink the Spirit’s leading in our hearts? We quickly talk ourselves out of His good and perfect will for our life.

Sometimes we feel led to do something crazy, something way out of our comfort zones, and instead of leaping into our fears and discomfort we overthink it and become overwhelmed, discouraged, and in the end unproductive. I believe with all of my heart that God calls us to be brave, to be Esther’s in our day. I am talking to myself here ya’ll, because… I. Am. The. Worst. Seriously, I think myself out of everything scary. Every morning you wake up God asks you to do the impossible, the hard, and the courageous. It is different for all of us on a daily basis. Today for me it was writing and sharing my heart. Some days it is just getting out of bed! Other days it is speaking in front of a room of mothers about something I am still learning about myself. Scary.

So, how are we to think? When God ask us to be brave and do the hard things how are we to think without overthinking His will right out of our life?

I think about Esther. She was led by the Spirit to do something crazy, something unthinkable, and she could have over thought her situation. It would have been easy to think her way out of being brave in her moment. Mordecai even gave her the first thought. Either way she was probably going to die so… but she didn’t. She chose to press on towards the goal for the higher purpose  of God on her life. She chose to believe she was chosen, she chose to be an overachiever for the glory of God and for the life of her people.

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So, what would happen if we as Christians, believers of the supernatural love and power of God, stopped overthinking and started overachieving for the glory of His name, for the dispersion of His love and grace to all people? Please share in the comments, I would love to hear your heart thoughts, but don’t over-think it. What is the first thing that comes to your mind?

2 Responses to Confessions of an Overthinker
  1. Mary
    July 6, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Thank you for your honest sharing! Yes, it is easy to get caught up in trying to figure things out on our own instead of trusting God with all our hearts and letting Him guide our steps. Esther stopped and fasted and prayed and then moved forward. She sought God’s guidance and peace. When we are faced with a difficult challenge if we can “be still” and turn to God I believe it would help. But so often we don’t, we rush forward, or we hold back and we listen to the wrong voices. May God grant us all courage and wisdom and peace, enabling us to shine in the darkness.

  2. Jas
    November 14, 2015 | 2:43 am

    Thank you. I too am a overthinker (OT) and it is affecting my ability to love, be of faith and trust anyone. I think that OT accompanied by hurt, pain and being damaged is even worse. It constantly steals my joy. It drains my existence and will to go on. Not suicide, but overachieving I work hard to be better, live better and do better but I feel incapable, undeserving and unworthy of blessings. “This is the realest shit I ever wrote” Tupac I know I am wrong and I am seeking guidance both naturally and spiritually. So, back to my initial statement Thank You; this was the first place God lead me once I asked him to help and guide me. Great start.