Today I need my brain to be fully engaged in my second conference of the week. I really want to be fully present, but can feel the effects of mental overload setting in this morning.
It’s interesting how quickly our minds can become overloaded, really. Whether it is through learning, problem solving, strategizing, thinking, or a host of other mental activities we find ourselves activating. It’s generally true that when we find ourselves in overload we choose a few strategies to compensate. We often choose to withdraw, shut down, or escape as a means of coping with the overload.
I’m struck by the thought of how often we use those same strategies emotionally and even spiritually. How often do we desire to be spiritually engages and present and jut find ourselves on overload. We then find ourselves choosing to withdraw, shut down, or escape from God and whatever activity He is activating around us.
So today, I need to make a conscious choice to engage and be present, both mentally and spiritually. It is not going to just happen because I want it to. I am going to have to actively and consciously choose to be present and be very intentional about engaging.
Where are you on the overload scale? Do you find yourself withdrawing, shutting down, or escaping? Are you finding it an effort to be present and engaged?