I once read an article I found quite interesting. The title was What causes us to choke when we are under pressure?
It talked about a basketball player who never missed a shot. However, when it came to a game winning throw, he missed the shot.
Then it talked about a golfer who missed the winning shot after he had played a perfect game the entire day.
So, what happens? What makes us choke when we are under pressure? As I read the answer given in the article, I was not surprised.
According to the article it is as simple as thinking too much.
If we overthink things, we may choke on the same things we normally do perfectly. That is what happened to the two people mentioned in the article and that is what often happens to us, as Christians.
We speak faith. We walk faith. We breathe faith. Then the day comes when we find ourselves in a place where we need our faith more than ever. Perhaps it is a bad report. A bad diagnosis. An unexpected expense. A prodigal child.
Faith that came easy the day before, under the intense pressure of the battle, suddenly eludes us. With the added pressure, we often stagger in our faith.
Maybe God has told you to step out in faith for something. You step out and everything is going fine. Then challenges begin to come your way.
Perhaps, you begin to have thoughts like, “‘what if God doesn’t come through?” Or “what if I didn’t hear Him correctly?” Or maybe God has told you to sow a seed and you begin to think, “what if I need this money, last month was short, what if I give this and God doesn’t meet MY needs?” I know this feeling, I have been there many times. The enemy attacks your mind and it begins to reel with negative possibilities.
It is for this reason that the Bible says in Philippians 4:8; Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.
God knows if we think on negative things it will affect our outcome. If we speak negative things it will absolutely affect our outcome. God also knows if we meditate on good things, things that are true – like the promises of God – then we will draw those things to us. He will be able to work in our lives and bring forth all He has vowed and promised.
As I read the article one thing statement captured my attention. It said if we overthink things it will cause paralysis by analysis. Isn’t that an awesome statement! When you overthink things or think on the what ifs, it will paralysis you.
Paralysis by analysis. When you overthink situations or when you try to control a situation that God already has in control. Have you been there? I know I have and I greatly appreciate this insight the Lord has given me. I will do as the word of God says and I will think on good things. I will think on the truth that God has everything under control.
I will do as the word of God says. I will choose to meditate daily on the word of God and the promises of God for my life and the lives of my family. In doing so I will make sure that I am never paralyzed by overanalyzing. I will keep my mind on God. And, He will keep me in perfect peace…I am praying you will do the same