MJ’s Words: There are many of us that feel overwhelmed by responsibilities. There are college students that feel overwhelmed with school work, single parents overwhelmed with children, career workers with demanding jobs, etc. All of us have responsibilities that make us feel over-worked and stressed out. The question is, “Have you found time for yourself?” During your busy schedule, have you taken time out for yourself? When things become chaotic, do you take a break, relax, clear your mind, or find time to enlighten your spirit or fulfill your soul? Below is an article written by BeliefNet.com titled, “Ten Ways To Fulfill Your Soul During Difficult Times.”
Ten Ways To Fulfill Your Soul During Difficult Times
- Read a good book
- Visit a museum
- Study a new subject that is new to you
- Attend a classical concert
- Do something you’ve never done
- Write a book
- Learn a new skill
- Take a class or workshop
- Interview someone you admire
- Brush up on self-care and self-improvement
MJ’s Words: Once you have overwhelmed yourself with too many things, you come to realize that you just can’t do everything. At that moment, we have to decide what is important and what is not. This may or may not lead to us doing some things. This is when some people feel as though they have failed, only because they have not completed something. The truth is that you don’t have to do everything you want or feel like doing. In society today, we feel we have to do this and that to become this or that, but living to become something that God doesn’t have for your life will always result in disaster. We tend to do a lot of things to please others, because we care about what they think and we feel that a little status can get us somewhere, BUT what happens when we lose the earthy things that we depended on to make us someone? We then begin to feel like nothing. Notice, I said “feel like nothing “and not “we become nothing.” We will always be something because we were created by God, but when we choose to allow the world to make us who we are, we lose sight of who we are through God.
“The moment you stop trying to prove yourself is the moment you have proven yourself.”-MJ
Trying to live up to others expectations will always lead to failure because it is impossible to please everyone. God says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.” No matter who you are, the amount of money you have, or what position or title you have, you will fail at pleasing others. This is another reason why people are depressed or insecure about themselves, because they have spent more time living for others than themselves. A lot of people are unaware that while we are distracted by ways of this world and trying to live up to them, we sometimes miss out on what was meant for us. When we are too busy paying attention to what is in the distance, we miss out on what is right in front of us.
Word of advice: Today is the day you should begin to live for you. The ways of this world is a recurring cycle of things that are not unto God. You shouldn’t be chasing after things that will never get you anywhere or but so far, when God has offered us so much to get us very far and beyond.
- bury or drown beneath a huge mass
- defeat completely
- give too much of a thing to (someone); inundate
- to overcome completely in mind and feeling
- to overpower or overcome
- to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything.
MJ’s Words: The moment we begin to put pressure on ourselves to have, complete or solve everything that comes our way becomes the source of our stress. Stress leads to the feeling of being overwhelmed. The primary solution to dialing down the feeling of being overwhelmed is time management, but also deciding what is important can help reduce stress. Discernment is a very important thing to study and mature in. It helps you to decide what you should or should not consider important enough to try to solve or to deal with.
- the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
- the act or an instance of discerning
Discernment is also another way of “choosing your battles.” We go through life trying to solve everything in our lives, but the great thing about having a close relationship with God is knowing you don’t have to solve everything. You can give it to Him and move on. If you do have to solve something, having God in your life means you don’t have to do it alone.
Word of advice: Learn how to trust God. When something comes along in your life, just wait. You don’t have to react, solve it or call others to try to get them to solve it for you. Simply say, “God, I trust you.” What you have just done is given Him full control over your burden.