Taking Issue With the Issue

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It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I made a huge change in my life! I felt very strongly that God wanted me to make this move, but once I had made it, many things happened to make me question the decision. This year has been quite the roller-coaster ride, with more challenges than I could have imagined. I didn’t necessarily think my new job would be a cakewalk, but because I felt strongly about my purpose, I didn’t think it would be so hard, either.

Things definitely have not gone the way I planned, and I realized the other day that because of that, I had become like this man on his mat in John 5, waiting for something to change. I came in with all these great ideas and plans for changing the climate of the work place and when they got shot down, I sat back on my mat and put my head down. I have been struggling with fear. Fear that my ideas are not sound, that I really don’t have what it takes, that I might even lose my job.

Now that I have recognized the issue, I take issue with the issue!

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

God did not bring me all this way to have me sit on my mat waiting for something to happen! I started assessing the situation and came up with some actionable steps that I can take. Just doing that, standing up and picking up my mat, made me feel better, more calm and sure. There are things that I can do to change my situation. Even if this new adventure doesn’t work out, I know I’ll be OK because my God will never leave me nor forsake me. He is always in control, and he tells me over and over not to fear. So I do what I can, I do my best, and I let him take care of the rest. Because it’s not only about me taking control of what I can but recognizing what I cannot control and giving that to God. Even that is action!

How often are you fighting with things beyond your control? How much have you done to change the things that you can?

Next Steps:
Take a look at something in your life that is feeling unsatisfactory. Make a list of factors within your control to change and those that are not. Make a plan to start changing the things within your control and pray for God to help you let go of the things over which you have no control.    

Papa, thank you for giving me a spirit of power, love, and self discipline. Help me recognize what is within my control and give me the courage to make changes where I can. And please help me to realize what I cannot control and give me the strength to give those things to you. Thank you for being with me every step of the way. Amen.

This post was written by Kelda Strasbourg. Kelda is a grateful member of the LivingItOut writing team. She has a love for Jesus and desire to help others find that same love.

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