Would you recognize the signs that you are a control freak? Here are some clues: You correct others when they are wrong. You always try to win the argument or have the last word. You refuse to admit when you are wrong. You judge or criticize others. You drive with rage.
While you may not be a control freak, we often spend our time, mental energy, and physical effort focusing on the things that are out of our control. While it may start on a small scale, ultimately we might try to control our eternal destination. What are some areas of your life that you try to control? Are those areas really within your ability to control?
Psychology Today says, “Control freaks experience consequences ranging from constant irritability to uncontrollable anger. In addition to wreaking havoc on your mental health, being a control freak also wastes time and energy, both of which are finite resources.” How do we give up control and regain our emotional, mental, and physical health? To whom should we give control? John 14:1 says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus].” Jesus puts himself on the same level as God. He is in control and is worthy to be trusted and given control of all areas of your life.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-27: 25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
You matter to God. He desires a relationship with you. God wants you to spend your eternity in heaven with him, but he left that decision up to you. Will you give over control of your life to God?
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a control freak are you? How is this rating affecting your emotional, mental, and physical health?
What are some areas of your life that you try to control? Are those areas really within your ability to control?
What do you need to change in your life to give control over to God? Share one step you can start this week with a friend or relative that will help keep you accountable.
Dear God, thank you for caring about me. Thank you for providing for my needs. Help me to recognize when I’m being a control freak. Help me to release control of things I cannot change over to you. Amen.
This post was written by Kaye Althaus. Kaye loves to read and do crafts with friends. She and her husband live in the quiet country and raise chickens.
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