I’m a serious over-thinker….
It can be a problem sometimes because I’ll take a situation, slice it into a thousand different pieces, and then analyze each slice until I know how I think/feel about the subject.
This is not conducive to moments when a decision just has to be made.
We should all be able to give an answer for what we believe–that’s biblical btw–but over-analysis paralysis keeps us from being useful to anyone.
You know the old saying “He/She is too heavenly minded to be any earthly good”?
This is what happens when someone falls victim to over-analysis paralysis.
This is why I love to read and study all of the older creeds and catechisms. It lays out what’s important to know and even gives you verses to review.
Seems simple enough, right?
I know there are folks who don’t like all of that “older” “more traditional” church documents, but I’m not really sure why not.
A quick Google search will tell you the history of the creeds–Apostles, Nicene, Heidelberg, Athanasian–and each one was written to combat heresy and false doctrines from infiltrating the church.
The Westminster Catechism (both the original and shorter version) were written as a way to teach children and new converts the basic beliefs of Christianity.
Good Bible doctrine and basic hermeneutics are necessary (no matter what all the hip, “relevant” people tell you).
Studying these ancient truths isn’t about learning a lot of $5 words and becoming a Bible scholar who can’t even carry on a normal conversation.
It’s about having a good, solid foundation of what and why you believe what you do.
And it keeps you from going absolutely batty from overthinking things. (Or maybe it’s just me that struggles in this area…)