Don’t Over Analyze Yourself

A good reminder for me as I seek to transition healthily into my sabbatical…
It’s all about my focus…

“Know yourself” is good advice. But to know ourselves doesn’t mean to analyze ourselves. Sometimes we want to know ourselves as if we were machines that could be taken apart and put back together at will. At certain critical times in our lives it might be helpful to explore in some detail the events that led us to our crises, but we make a mistake when we think that we can ever completely understand ourselves and explain the full meaning of our lives to others.

Solitude, silence, and prayer are often the best ways to self-knowledge. Not because they offer solutions for the complexity of our lives but because they bring us in touch with our sacred center, where God dwells. That sacred center may not be analyzed. It is the place of adoration, thanksgiving, and praise.

– Henri Nouwen, from “Bread for the Journey”

A good thought…
Solitude, silence, and prayer…
Don’t over analyze yourself, but rather…
Abide with Him…
Adoration, thanksgiving, and praise…!!

“Less of me, more of you Jesus!”

Yes, there’s great benefit for receiving counseling in helping us learn life skills, healthy thinking patterns, etc… and even more so when it is Spirit-led, but when our focus is solely on ourselves and never on the Source of our Life, we lose our footing, our firm foundation, our sacred center…

James 4:8a NIV
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.”

Giving Thanks

“Each day that we live,
he provides for our needs
and gives us the strength
of a young eagle.
For all who are mistreated,
the [Lord] brings justice.
The [Lord] is merciful!
He is kind and patient,
and his love never fails.
The [Lord] won’t always be angry
and point out our sins;
he doesn’t punish us
as our sins deserve.
How great is God’s love for all
who worship him?
Greater than the distance
between heaven and earth!
How far has the [Lord] taken
our sins from us?
Farther than the distance
from east to west!
The [Lord] is always kind
to those who worship him,
and he keeps his promises
to their descendants
who faithfully obey him.”
(PSALMS 103:5, 6, 8-12, 17, 18 CEV)