Ever get obsessed with an idea and find yourself devoting almost all of your brainpower to see that this idea comes to fruition? I’m kind of in this place right now, and it’s exciting but also borderline dangerous.
I would say that I’m inherently intrinsically motivated, meaning that I naturally find myself wanting to complete projects, find new ways of improving things, and take myself to the next level. No one (typically) has to push me or motivate me with incentives or bribes (although those aren’t always bad 😉 ) I love the satisfaction of completing a project early or with a far better outcome than I had planned. I thrive off of healthy competition and pressure. Some might call that a “type A” personality, but I call it being responsible 🙂
Lately, I’ve found myself putting SO much pressure on myself that I lose sight of the fact that I’m not actually in control. Don’t get me wrong, God hasn’t called us to just sit back and let Him do everything. That’s why He gave us brains and the ability to make choices. However, I also think that we are called to prayerfully submit our desires to Him and ask that His will be done in our decisions, however big or small. Right now, I’ve been putting SO much pressure on myself with the release of this new album. I worry day and night about not having done enough marketing or advertisement, or that no one will like the direction I went with my style, or that I won’t sell CDs… I could go ON and on. The worry wart in me doesn’t stop!! I’m surprised I haven’t lost all my hair… in fact, I’ve found several grays. UGH. BUT, I know that I can turn to the WORD of God, which is timeless and will always speak truth into not only my life, but yours too! Look at what The Message version of Philippians 4:6-7 has to say about worry:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
(Philippians 4:6-7 msg)
Can I get an AMEN?! It’s much easier said than done, yes I know. BUT the more often you trust God with the worries in your life, the more you’ll understand and experience that He never fails. Your prayers don’t always get answered in the way you hope, but GOD NEVER FAILS.
So, before you get all “type A” and start stressing about the big (or little) things in your life, go back to Philippians 4. It’s ok to worry, but don’t worry so much that you forget who is in control. You have someone in your court… why not ask Him to help? He’ll always come through.
(p.s. the more I look at the word “worry” throughout this post, the more it stops looking like a real word. Haha! Gotta love that.)