So what’s got you hot and bothered this week?
If you’re like most other people, inevitably, there’s at least one problem in your life that seems overwhelming. When faced with such trying situations, our reaction may be two-fold.
First, we ruminate over the issue incessantly, as if worrying about it will somehow help. When that fails, many of us resort to taking action from our place of desperation and frustration, because we fear that sitting still and doing nothing will make the problem worse.
Yet, as we all know, certain unpleasant situations just can’t be thought away; and no amount of fighting or struggling against them will make them disappear.
What if I told you there was a much easier, fail-proof way of dealing with anything that’s beyond our capability to handle? As much as we sometimes like to think of ourselves as superhuman, there are those moments when the only thing that can save us, is divine intervention.
I’m talking about people who owe you large sums of money; and you have no idea how to get it back; or people who resent and persecute you at work. During such times, I call on my secret weapon.
When I first discovered this weapon that I’m about to share with you, I couldn’t believe how well it worked!
I now use it to deal with any situation I’d rather not deal with, no matter how big or small.
When I’m faced with circumstances that I feel I cannot handle, I cast the burden onto God. Through God, nothing is impossible! Sometimes, often, the trick to getting ahead is to acknowledge that certain tasks are beyond us; and that they require extraordinary intercession in order to be resolved.
Not every battle is ours to fight. The most successful people in life don’t do it all alone. We all need help sometimes; and all we have to do is ask.
Many of us have not, because we ask not. We’re so used to struggling that it’s difficult to imagine a life without problems. We’ve also convinced ourselves that the only people we can rely on are ourselves, despite having precious little to show for it.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a piece of paper and divide it into two columns. At the top of the first column, write, ‘list of things for (insert name) to do.’
At the top of the second column, write ‘list of things for God (or the Universe) to do.’ Under your own list, write down everything you have to do, and that you feel you can handle with relative ease. For everything else, put it under God’s list.
Even if you don’t have any problems, is there anything you want that seems so big, you don’t even know where to start? Under God’s list, include all those things you want and know you need assistance with.
Once you’ve done this, DON’T worry about anything under God’s column! Trust that He had the solution before the problem existed; and that he’s got an infinite number of resources at his disposal to enable him to deal with it, in record time!
Often, the solutions devised by God are ones we could never have thought of ourselves; and they’re executed with such perfect precision, the results are simply breathtaking!
Sometimes, once we’ve devised our list, we may be inspired to take action in a particular direction. Inspired action always feels good, not bad, to us. It seems like the next logical step; and that step usually leads us to the resolution of our problem.
Jesus put it this way, “Come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Why would you choose to struggle against evil, when you can rest?
Jesus also said, “Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” God doesn’t want us to feel down-trodden, or heavy-hearted. He wants our hearts to be light. Having a light heart is a prerequisite to attracting what we want into our lives.
Using this exercise is like acknowledging that you have a Universal Manager, who has intimate knowledge and understanding of the operations pertaining to ‘You Incorporated.’
Your Manager always works on your behalf, interacting with everyone you could possibly need to fulfil your desires. He knows everything about you; and when you want something done, simply ask and he will say, “consider it done!”
We all have a manager like that ÔÇô it’s God. And when we want anything in our lives, we can always rely on Him to make it happen. We don’t need to plead, or supplicate. We’re told to “ask, and it is given.”
If you’re ever required to take action, the Manager will give you a strong impulse to do so. Follow that impulse without fear, knowing that it will lead to a happy conclusion.
Starting today, make your only job to think about what you want ÔÇô whether it’s more exciting work opportunities, or harmonious relationships. Once you become clear about what you want, delegate it to your Manager. Trust Him to deliver.
Since I started using this exercise and getting outstanding results, some people would probably regard me as rather lazy. I’m picky regarding what I’m prepared to do; and I rarely rely on my own acumen to make things happen. I take full advantage of my Manager. If I had to assess His performance, I’d rate Him as ‘frequently exceeding performance expectations!’
Don’t face your challenges alone. Cast your burdens on God; and He will sustain you.
Make it a great week!
*Primrose Oteng is a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) and the Founder of the ‘Positive Peace Project,’ an organization dedicated to creating positive change through personal empowerment. Join us for a workshop on ‘Positivity Power!’ on 3 March 2012 at Bluetree from 3-5pm. Tickets on sale at the Riverwalk Information Desk; and online at www.webtickets.co.bw