Wow... it's been almost a year since I posted something. So much for consistency. I could blame it on the fact that I went back to school recently, or my busy Mom schedule. Those things do keep me chasing my tail most days, but the truth is I struggle with a condition that often renders me immobile. I suffer from what is known as, "The Paralysis of Analysis." There, I said it. When faced with making a decision, I over-think my options, over-weigh possible outcomes, and over-worry about making the wrong move, so I do what all good Analysis Paralytics do: Nothing.
See, that was the main cause for my blog hiatus. I was afraid I'd blog something wrong, (and by wrong I mean not worth reading.) So, rather than take a risk by doing something (ANYTHING!) I ended up doing the only thing that really could be considered wrong: Nothing. I don't remember when the desire to succeed metastasized into a paralyzing fear of failure. Perhaps there was no single, isolated event. Maybe it took place slowly, over time as I avoided little things that I might blunder. Things like posting on a blog for example.
Of course, like it or not, failure is a part of life and we can all learn from our mistakes. God certainly encourages us not to give up or give in. Proverbs 24:16 says "for though the righteous stumble seven times, they rise again..." (TNIV). What about you? What things are you avoiding, ignoring, or failing to pursue? What are you over-thinking, over-weighing, or over-worrying about? Obviously God isn't telling us to forgo critical thinking or thoughtful analysis, but maybe He is asking that we not stay there!