Perhaps you can relate. You might be the person who often gets overwhelmed with the crazy number of things going on in your life, each one deserving your full attention, but you can sense yourself stretching thin. You feel the anxiousness of wanting to please everyone around you but you doubt your ability to do so. You get to the point where the weight of your stress feels as though it’s crushing you, so the best course of action in your mind is to just give up. Any of this hitting home?
Maybe that’s you. Maybe it’s not. It’s not me. My mom has asked me multiple times throughout the years, “are you sure you aren’t putting too much on your plate at once?” I know her questions and concerns come from a place of love, but I always respond with “nope.” In my mind I justify what I’m doing by thinking “I could probably fit more onto my plate, actually. I’m super hungry anyway!” Truthfully, I almost never get stressed out. I’ve always had a lot of self-confidence so when a ton of stuff comes up all at once I get excited at the thought of dominating all of it. My problem is I try to take everything on by myself. Deep down I want sole responsibility so I can own 100% of the sense of accomplishment at the end. I like challenges and I like to push myself to see how much I can handle.
Whether responsibility makes you want to give up or whether it makes you attempt to accomplish everything all on your own, you are chasing responsibility in an unbiblical way. Both scenarios lack a complete trust in God. I will expound on this thought in a little bit, but first I want to explain why I decided to write this blog post.