Paralysis by Analysis

I can help other people, but still have a character or nature that can fail to hold onto the authority I’ve been given. If I allow it, when it comes to doing good I can suffer paralysis by analysis.

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:1-2

When I see someone in need, I don’t have to wonder what they are going to do with the money. I don’t need to figure out or know how they got to where they are. I simply meet them where they are and help them the very best that I can.

If I spend time trying to figure out what I can afford, or if the person(s) will use the resources I give them wisely, or if I allow myself to be offended by their life choices – I become of no real use for the Kingdom because I’ve made it about myself. More importantly, the less time I waste analyzing means more time I can spend blessing.