You Can’t Do Everything

Businessman sinking in heap of documentsHave you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about all the things you could be, should be, or are not doing? Isn’t it one of the most oppressive feelings to be weighed down by?

Let me set you free right now. You can’t do everything. And, you are not meant too!

I know it’s hard to embrace. You look at your life and your mind swirls with all the things you can be doing right now or later. You look at your schedule trying to find out how you can squeeze the most out of every second of your 24 hour gift from God. You constantly wish you had more hours in a day, but you know very well if you did you would fill those hours with a bunch of others activities.

You feel busy, but not productive. You feel tired active, but not effective. You feel tired, but not accomplished. 

The problem is not that you are  not doing enough, it is that you are doing too much. Your brain is going a million miles a minute. And, to make matters worse, every time you try to sit down to focus on something your phone starts buzzing, someone interrupts you, or you start thinking about 100 other things you could be, should be or are not doing. Sound familiar?

You were not meant to do everything, you were meant to do one thing and do it well. The problem so many have is not something external, it is internal. You have allowed yourself to become so distracted by what you think you should be doing that you don’t focus on what is right in front of you. Or, you feel bad that you aren’t doing enough so you try to pile on more. Both are destructive and you deserve better.

The best thing you could do, the most effective thing you could do, and the most rewarding thing you could do is focus on what is right in front of you at the moment. Where ever you are at, in whatever you are working on, BE FULLY PRESENT.

Your brain was not created to mutitask. Multitasking is a myth! We have created a culture that rewards scattered, mediocre attention rather than effective, excellent, and powerful focus.

You give your best when you are fully present. Whether it is in a conversation, a work project, your daily time with God, or quality time with your family.

Isaiah says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

God gives us the promise that peace follows focus, steadfastness. The one who is fully present, fully focused on what is right before her will have peace. Why? Because this person trusts in the God to take care of everything else. Does this mean this person is negligent with her responsibilities and does not care about them? Of course not!

But, this person knows that he can’t be in every place at once so he is not stressing off the places he is not in at the moment. This person knows he can only be in one place at one time and the place he is in at the moment deserves his full focus, attention, time, and energy. This person trusts that God is in control of the other things and is not running around in fear that all the loose ends won’t be tied up.

Focus. You can’t do everything, but you can do what is right in front of you.

The next step, learn to put the right things in front of you.

Let’s Do This Together

Do you tend to stress about all the things you could be, should be, or are not doing? How can you begin to focus on what is right in front of you?

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