I loved the weekend message! Sarah Bucher did an amazing job. I laughed when Sarah modified the title “control freak” to “control expert” because she thought control expert had a much better connotation. It may very well sound better, but the reality is that control experts drive others and themselves crazy.
I know this because I am a recovering control expert. (My loving husband just told me I’m still a control freak. He will be punished!) When things aren’t going the way I think they should, I try to “fix” it. I usually end up getting stressed and irritable. It seems like the more I try to control things, the more I feel like I am hitting my head against a brick wall. I wish I would learn that controlling and manipulating only tend to worsen the situation. I remember reading somewhere that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome—GUILTY!
The last several months have been a real eye-opener about how much control we truly have in our lives. COVID-19, stay-at-home orders, the economy, violence, and political unrest have rocked our world. I have spent a lot of time pondering, worrying about, and trying to solve these difficult issues. I wish I could say I was successful. Instead, I feel tired and overwhelmed.
When it comes to trying to control aspects of life, Sarah encouraged us to ask the questions:
Is it worth it?
Is it mine to control?
Is it God’s alone?
Using these questions as a filter to deal with life’s issues could save us from unnecessary worry and anxiety and lead to peace and rest in the midst of difficult circumstances.
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.Sarah defined surrender as trading fear for freedom. God can handle all our worries and anxieties. Jesus wants us to surrender everything to him. He does not want us to be burdened. He wants to give us rest and freedom.
Matthew 11: 28 and 30
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. … 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
When you are overwhelmed and feel the need to control and fix things—pause, take a deep breath, and pray. Ask God to give you faith that he is in control and that he has a perfect plan. You need to trust that God is God, and then you need to totally surrender your burdens (real or imagined) to him.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
I praise God that he is in control. I don’t have to fix anything—I just need to trust him and surrender to him because Jesus came to give us life in abundance.
Please make the decision to let God be God.
What things do you try to control? What do you need to surrender to God?
Read and meditate on Psalm 23. Journal the ways God has provided for you. Praise God for these blessings and reflect on them during difficult times.
God, I praise you that you are such a loving God. Help me to cast all my cares on you. I am so grateful that you have a perfect plan and I can trust you. Jesus, I praise you that you came so that I may have life in abundance. Help me to surrender my fears to you and live in your total peace, joy, and hope. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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