We were new to our church and I thought of my list of people I wanted to have over. I was literally so overwhelmed with how many people we wanted and should have over that I didn’t know where to start.
Our company left and the dishes were piled high. I was so overwhelmed with how many dishes there were that I couldn’t even bring myself to clear out the sink to get started.
Our friends were adopting and the costs were enormous. I was so overwhelmed with the large amount needed, that I could not see that my teeny tiny bit could even make a dent.
Have you ever felt that way? The needs are so much. The job is so big.
And somehow that just makes us do nothing.
- The laundry pile is so high.
- There are so many people in our church or community struggling financially.
- The kitchen counters are covered in dishes.
- The floors are covered with toys.
- There are so many people that need encouragement.
- There are so many people to be hospitable to.
- There are so many orphans.
And we do nothing. Nothing? I don’t really get it, and yet I do it all the time. Most of the time in life, I need reminded to see the big picture. Sometimes it is easy to get so focused on a tiny problem that I neglect to see the big picture. This is really not that big a deal in the scope of life. But in this type of situation, it is the opposite. I need to hone in on a few details. I need to quit looking at the monumental picture and focus in on the one thing I can do.
- I can put one load of laundry in.
- I can’t help all the families in the church struggling but I can give a $10 grocery card to one family. Or maybe I can’t do that, but I could invite one family over for dinner. (I know I can’t be the only one that thinks about the fact that a meal at someone’s home is not only a blessing of fellowship, but financially speaking it is a meal I didn’t have to buy the groceries for).
- I can wash dishes for five minutes. Don’t worry about getting them all done right now, but just work furiously for five minutes. You will be amazed at what is accomplished. And you just might have the energy to finish…but don’t worry about that now.
- I don’t have to pick up every room in the house, but I can find the energy to clear the living room floor of toys.
- I can’t encourage every one. But I can send one note of encouragement, or make one phone call, or send one Facebook note, or make one loaf of banana bread to encourage someone I know.
- I can’t think about everyone that I want to have over, but I can, right now, write a note and invite one family.
- I can’t help all the orphans of this world, and maybe I can’t even adopt one. But I can give $1,000, or $100, or even $10 toward the adoption of one child I know.
Don’t let the magnitude of the job or project paralyze you to the point that you do nothing. No, you can’t do it all. You will never be able to do it all. But you can do something.
Right now. Before you get up from your computer, jot a note to someone and invite them over. Encourage someone. Or go and wash dishes for five minutes. Or start a load of laundry. Or mop one floor, not all the floors.
Zero in on one thing you can do and take action. Don’t wait. You might get overwhelmed again.
Do you ever find yourself so overwhelmed with something that you can’t bring yourself to take any action?