Consider: “Don’t Overthink It”

In Don’t Overthink It, Anne Bogel addresses a mental cycle to which many of us can relate. The book discusses how to take control of our minds and stop wasting mental energy on stuff that doesn’t need or deserve it. The broad principle is that “living well depends upon thinking well — about the things that matter.”

Here is a brief excerpt on values and decisions:

Ally explained that her decisions today flowed naturally out of her core values — values she had decided would guide her future decision-making…

Because Ally has this big-picture value firmly in place and consciously relies on it when making decisions, she doesn’t agonize about how to spend her time, money, and energy. …In the same way, when we have a broader vision for our lives, many of the decisions we face become simple, because we have a reliable framework for making them. Because we made a single decision — that is, deciding on a big-picture value — we can see all other decisions as parts of a whole instead of as an endless string of isolated decisions. When a decision touches on our values, we have little to think about. With our internal world in order we can move outward in the right direction. These values can guide our lives in the big pieces and the day-to-day stuff. Whether we’re going to Thailand or the grocery store, what we do can flow naturally out of who we are.

 

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Plenty of Provision

Our previous blog post talked about hospitality from a position of plenty rather than want. Today, let’s take that one step further and discuss how a mindset of plenty applies to the rest of material life.

What if you can’t find enough chicken or ground beef in the store for all the meals even for your family this week? What if your job is in jeopardy and you aren’t seeing future financial stability? What if the economy does collapse?

My sister had this to say after reading that previous post:

“I think the most important thing for me to remember is that whatever I have IS enough… [When] thinking about how to feed my family or how to make the house payment, I have to get to a point where I can believe that if I can’t make my house payment or feed my family, THEN, in that moment, I still have enough. Whatever He gave me is enough…because that is the circumstance [in which] God has put me in that moment, and if He’s sovereign over what I have, then what I have IS plenty.”

Amen! God is not blind or absent. None of the circumstances in our lives or around the globe are a surprise to Him. His supply chain is not unexplainably interrupted. Our needs are well within His capability.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (Luke 12:22-31)