Addicted To Overachieving

Overachieving is an addiction for some of us. I suggest, with Therese de Lisieux and other spiritual friends, that the love of God could replace the underlying motives that push us to overachievement.

I’ve been afraid to give myself to silence and reflection, because when I do, I slow down both mentally and physical. I fear that if I give myself to this quietness, I will underachieve, lazy in the love of God. I receive accolades from overachievement, work and opportunity. To disquiet my pattern is to quiet my forward motion.

Now percieving that I am addicted to my overachieving, growing in impure soils as it is, I seek a remedy that will not take away from impetus. Is it possible that the seed of love could displace the seed from which my present overachievement springs? Might I become more centered, more creative, more discerning in my ways?

Knowing that I need not impress God, that I may no longer want to impress people, could I become not only a more liberated child of God, but also a great gift to my human family? It is my hope that such dreams could pass into my reality, and that is enough to move my heart to decision. I will allow the love of God to be my addiction, and let the fruit grow as it may.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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