Stuck with old thought patterns?

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I hope I can enter the New Year without feeling stuck with old thought patterns. Those patterns include playing the “What If” game when life gets complicated. Sometimes, I find my mind dwelling on thoughts like “what happens if I lose my job or get sick or can’t pay my bills.” Do you worry and stress about the decisions that may or may not happen in life? Other times, feelings of inadequacy cause all of us to suffer and questions ourselves. Then, we waste time on self-accusation for the mistakes we made. We miss out on experiencing the joy of life as God intended it to be for us. We miss out on the peace that God provides to every person He created.


Our thought pattern can cause us to miss out on experiencing the joy of life as God intended. Click To Tweet


John 14:27, NIV: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

My old thought pattern

I tend to over-think many problems as I try to come up with all the ways something could go wrong. My overthinking even invades my faith walk. Sometimes, I feel called to action only to find myself coming up with a million reasons why I might fail at the task. Then afterward, I beat myself up for missing out on something God had planned for me. And if the made-up scenarios don’t stop me, then I worry about seeking the approvals of others before completing the task. If only I could do a better job of letting go and letting God be in charge. Even that thought contained a “What If.”

Galatians 1:10 – NIV: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Are you stuck with old thought patterns? What if you could change them? Enter 2019 with a new way.

Recently, I came across the attached quote that caused me to pause and think. Am I the person God wanted me to become or did all my “what ifs” and “over-thinking” turn me into someone else? I know Christ dying on the cross saved me from my sins. But I am nervous about standing in front of God and seeing what my life could have been like if only I had sought the kingdom of God first in my decisions. Will I be sad watching the person I could have been versus the person I was in life? Witnessing all the incredible things Christ could have done through me, if only I stopped playing the ‘what if” games.


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New Year, new thought pattern

There is good news for all of us. With God, all things are possible. It is never too late to begin again. As we begin 2019, let’s try to be the people God wants. We may have missed out on opportunities, but God will provide more for us if we stop playing the games. God has a plan, and a path marked out for each of us, all we have to do is follow it. Throw away your “what ifs” and “over-thinking” and follow Christ wherever he leads. He has a full and abundant life He wants to share with you.

Hebrews 12:1 – NIV: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Blessings,

Yvonne, Blogger, speaker, and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


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30 thoughts on “Stuck with old thought patterns?

  1. Yvonne, so many struggle with worrying about the next steps and things that cannot be controlled. Your post is a reminder to look vertically towards God, rather than horizontally towards others, and to trust God for the next steps. Leaning into his promises and his protection and provision.

  2. I am an over thinker, too. Your post is a confirmation for me – it all starts in the thoughtlife. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:8 (think about whatever is noble, etc). How we think effects how we act. It’s SO important! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. This is a really good post. I liked your comment, “Our thought pattern can cause us to miss out on experiencing the joy of life as God intended.” When I focus on Him, He restores hope to my heart.

  4. True, Yvonne, it’s never too late to begin again with God. Galatians 1:10 is one of my all time favorite verses. I want to be found pleasing the Lord and His approval about all others…to be and stay a servant of Christ.

    Thankful for the cloud of witnesses including you! Happy and blessed New Year!

  5. Chip Mattis

    Good thoughts, Yvonne. Your post reminds me of the story Mark Twain told about a man who died and asked Peter who the greatest general of all time was. Peter pointed out a man who had only ever been a common laborer. The man who asked the question was perplexed. How could he be the greatest general if he had only ever been a laborer? Easy. He would have been if he’d ever been a general.
    It’s sobering to think of my potential and how I’ve squandered it on worries and fear. Good things to remember as we head into a new year.

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks Chip, that is an incredible story and so reflects the idea of this blog. It is sobering to image what could have been in our lives. God bless.

  6. Chloe Flanagan

    This is an encouraging post for the New Year. It reminded me of a poem, “His Plan for Me” by Martha Snell Nicholson and, in particular, the final stanza:

    “Lord of the years that are left to me,
    I give them to Thy hand;
    Take me and break me, mold me to
    The pattern Thou hast planned.”

    Happy New Year

  7. Jessica Brodie

    Excellent, and amen, Yvonne. It’s hard to stop playing the what-if game, but it’s crucial to trust God so we can do and be all that God has planned for us!

  8. Julie Loos

    That quote is so powerful! I’m praying for new thought patterns this year also! I don’t want to miss out what God has for me!

  9. Oh this blog is very timely for me! I was just falling back into some negative thinking and my daughter actually called it out. She told me if I continued to speak out negative things, it cements those things in my mind. And so yeah, we need to be focusing on the positive things that God speaks of us – we are His kids, after all. Thanks for a great post!

  10. Yvonne –
    I totally relate to this.. overthinking. As if it’s up to me to figure everything out. God has been convicting me to rest a bit more and trust a bit more. I’m trying to do that “one word” thing for the new year… faith. I need faith that all this I am trying to do for God will work out – maybe not how I hope, but as best honors Him and faith that He can provide things that my overthinking & striving can’t.

    1. Yvonne

      That is so wonderful Christina. Striving under our own strength gets us nowhere but so hard to do. My word for 2019 is Joy and trying to unpack it.

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