The struggle for control. A battle all too real that robes us of the glory of life. For me, it’s a real thing. I’m not necessarily a control freak, but I like to be on top of my life. Now, maybe some of you feel the same way, or others of you may not care. Maybe control isn’t not your thing. That’s super cool. I think I could learn a few things from you.
Dictating the way our lives should go, that’s control. Bossing others around, that’s control. And not letting go, that’s control too.
Sometimes, I try to grab control of my life. Again and again. Don’t I know that it’s all in God’s hands? I should know that by now. Well, yes I do know that. But that doesn’t mean that I always live by it. It’s hard! I know that’s no excuse, but you’ve probably heard the saying, “You gotta live what you preach.” It’s true. I think we may all need to hear that a little more often. We say to people, “You should do this” or “remember to think before you act” or “just be more ____”. Okay, but are you willing to do what you’re asking too? You can’t expect others to do what you tell them, when you yourself simply sit on the side lines. We are called to lead by example, the lead by love. If we set our eyes on the Lord, the control freak side will start to drop away. If you focus on the Lord and devout yourself to Him, you’ll find the road of life an nicer road to take. Not easy, but the ride will be ever beautiful.
Micah 6:8 says,
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Yes, we’re human and we make mistakes. But when we walk with God, He shows us the beauty in life. He shows us grace, mercy and compassion. When we acknowledge our sins and ask it of Him, He pours out forgiveness. Father. Comforter. That is the God we worship.
We aren’t perfect, so we take a while to sometimes finally get when God is telling us. It’s okay. Take your time, God’s patient. But please, don’t hurt anyone in the mean while. If you had a bad day, maybe distance yourself from people who put you on edge. If you get really upset at what someone did, don’t yell at them no matter how much you want to. Let it sit a while. Sleep on it. And even if it feels hard, pray about. Give it some time. But remember to act in love, not hate. Be kind and merciful. We’re all sinners. You can’t elevate yourself above anyone else. So remember to love them. And sometimes, give it some time and let go for a while. Stop trying to control things that aren’t meant to be your burden. Lift up your worries to God. He’s listening.
Psalm 121 says,
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.