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Fruitful or Futile Thoughts

We have fallen behind on our homeschooling. All for noble purposes: hosting a foreign student and dear friend, a father-son cross-country road trip, jury-duty, doctor’s appointments to confirm my son’s continued recovery post brain surgery…

I’m not on track with my ministry website, my blog and on-line business goals. I’m feeling overwhelmed and overtaken. Do I trust these feelings and sink into futile thinking or deliberately choose another course.

There are two paths my thoughts can take.

Futile Thoughts

I’m so behind, I’ll never catch up.

I’ll never complete my goals.

This blog/work is too hard.

I don’t have enough time.

Fruitful Thoughts

I’m ready to get back on track.

I’m making progress, even if in small steps.

God will help me complete what’s important. Everything else can wait.

Prioritize. It’s okay if everything doesn’t get done today.

Chasing futile thoughts leaves me unsatisfied and stuck in the valley of despair. When choosing  fruitful thoughts I acknowledge my progress however small, keep hope alive and trust God to accomplish his purposes through me. This leads to confidence and perseverance.

There’s a simple ditty taught by Dr. Neil Nedley in his Depression Recovery course sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle.

Feelings come and feelings go and feelings are deceiving

Trust alone in the word of God it’s something worth believing.

My feelings get me into trouble. They stall me, rendering me unable to move forward in work, relationships, homeschooling, etc. These negative thoughts and feelings are futile.

“The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.” -Psalms 94:12

How then do I turn my feelings into fruitful thoughts? Sheer will power and grit? My own efforts are short lasting.

“Commit your work to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.”  -Proverbs 16:3

I’m not sharing this to preach to anyone. My goal on this blog is to be authentic and share my journey. The only way I continue to press on, feel fulfilled and keep my thoughts hopeful is to commit my work to the Lord. The burden is then lifted off of me. It’s a relief. If my work fails or my kids flunk out of homeschool (Ha!), then it’s not entirely my fault.

But if I’m wildly successful then all glory goes to God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I hope for.

My confidence is soaring already.

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