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27 June -"Overcoming Overload: Lessons from My Computer"

I had another blog post all ready to send today. However, I was interrupted just as I was finishing off and didn’t push that Save button, so when I finally came back to my computer, yep you guessed it, it had disappeared….

I know I have this really bad habit of leaving things open on my computer and often have documents and work sitting there for weeks until eventually, my computer has an absolute “sad” at me and decides it is not going to do anything until I have sorted out my mess.

Instead of cooperating, it just spins its little colorful wheel at me…and does nothing or it loses my doc completely because it crashes with unsaved work is then lost! This tendency also seems to happen at the most inconvenient times when I really need my computer to work.

The Bad Habit of Leaving Things Unfinished

Computers, in a lot of ways, are much the same as us. We also can get ourselves in a heap of trouble; become overloaded, slowed down in our capacity and ability to function, and eventually end up uselessly “spinning our wheels” if we do not sort, delete, and file things emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Much like my computer cannot perform at its best if I don’t treat it correctly, save documents, and follow the operating manual, we also aren’t designed to carry excess “files,” do too many things at once, or leave business in our life unfinished indefinitely. If we continue to do so, we will lose out on opportunities, put ourselves under needless pressure, and jeopardize our relationships and futures.

Today, I encourage you, don’t wait until you lose something important or find yourself wasting precious time “spinning your wheels” because you allowed yourself to become overloaded with unfinished business like my computer.

Daily Maintenance: Sorting, Saving, and Deleting

Learn to stop; take 20 minute breaks each day to work through your stuff and determine to make yourself sort, save, and delete all your internal files so you are consistently cleaning up your world.

As you do it will bring clarity, focus and freedom from the past and unnecessary weights, enabling you to function and excel just as your designer intended.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

“Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Prayer: Lord, please give me the wisdom, strength, and ability to sort, save, delete, and clean up my life so that I can be all that you created me to be. Thank you that I can live my best life in you today as I look to your word as my operating manual to live life well and to the fullest. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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