Recently I have been job hunting, and that uncertain endeavor has given way to a lot of over-thinking. I convince myself that because the root word is “think”, I am somehow entitled to entertain thoughts of doubt and inadequacy. Maybe you have faced these types of nagging thoughts in your life, too:
Can I handle this?
Am I qualified?
Will my best be good enough?
What was I thinking?
Seems like worry and self-doubt are always hot on the heels of exciting, new opportunities. Worry can paralyze us, hold us hostage and wreak havoc on our lives. Our Heavenly Father knows the destruction of worry and warns us against it. “And who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). With one simple question, the futility of worry is exposed. Simply put: Worry isn’t worth it.
God knows that worry wears us out. And with one merciful invitation, He beckons, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The challenge then becomes looking to the Truth rather than wasting time on worry. I must choose to put my energy toward believing Him rather than doubting myself.
This is where the Philippians 4:8 principle helps me refocus: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
The Truth is my worry-alternative.
I still don’t know the outcome of my job search. What I do know is that over-thinking it…scratch that, worrying about it…won’t do me any good. Sure I’m thinking about it! But when my thoughts are centered on the Truth, I am free to enjoy the process. It’s not easy–but (as opposed to worrying) it is so worth it.