think less, pray more

i think it’s funny (perhaps interesting is a better word) how much we try to figure things out on our own. it’s so easy to get caught up in our thoughts, overanalyze our emotions, the emotions of others, potential scenarios… and for what? of course, it’s important to be thoughtful. i’m thinking as i write this. but there is such a thing as thinking too much, and for me it’s often evidence of relying on myself too much and on God not enough. think of all the valuable time i could spend doing instead of thinking! when i catch myself thinking in circles, it’s a pretty good indicator that i should take my concerns to God and leave them with Him. journaling helps me do this at the end of each day, but praying throughout the day is just as instrumental. paul tells us in philippians 4:6-7, “do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” i’m certainly not going to receive that kind of peace from myself… by just thinking. that kind of incomprehensible peace comes from God alone. i’m much better off talking to Him than talking to myself.

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