Out of Control

     How many times have you found yourself- not yourself? You find yourself constantly telling yourself you are in a funk. It’s just a season, and this too shall pass. I would say for myself when I find myself in this very situation, it has come from where my focus is. What I have let become most important in my life. I can always tell because I become: anxious, uptight, angry, irritable, and hopelessness sets in. The list could go on and on.

Imagine wearing prescription glasses. When you take them off, you can’t see very well at all. Gradually as time goes by, you begin to become use to the way you see without them. You don’t realize how much you depended on those glasses for your vision until you have placed them back on. Depending on how long you have had them off- probably depends on the difference you see. I know if I have gone even a few minutes without mine, and put them back on; I am just like WOW!

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

     That is exactly what happens when we take our eyes off of Jesus. When we start taking our focus off of Jesus, and give it to the things of the world; it’s only a matter of time where we’re not “wearing our glasses” and getting used to that view. It’s not bad at first, and is even easily unnoticed. Then at some point the feelings that I was talking about in the first paragraph become more and more evident. Once the communication between you and Jesus fades, the more you are involved. How many know already that you can’t live life without Jesus? I know for a fact I can’t. I have already tried several times. Every time I have tried to be in control and do things in my own strength; and every time ends up being a complete train wreck.

Did you know from the very moment we are born; we are continuously encouraged to learn to be self-sufficient? There are milestones for babies and toddlers. If they’re not walking by this certain time; then they may recommend therapy etc. It’s our culture to constantly grow. Bigger, better, stronger. I can definitely relate because I have a three-year-old, and we are potty training. She gets rewarded for having “successful” potty runs. Don’t get me wrong I am not shaming milestones. I am making a point, and you will see soon.

The world focuses on money, titles, and success. That is the polar opposite of the Kingdom of God. I am not saying that anything is wrong with success, God wants us to prosper. Prosper and be rich are really two different things. We are His children and His children he wants nothing but good things for us. God even loves when we grow, learn, and become prosperous. The worlds idea of success and God’s are quite different. God wants us to be dependent upon Him. From an early age He wants us to be taught to know him. The world wants US to take credit for any success or growth we have. The world thrives on power, control, and money. Christians already know that the power and control belongs to God, and a part from Him we can-do no-good thing.

“Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

     I want to leave you with encouragement. God loves you with an unconditional love, and it can’t compare to any other love. We all lose focus and take the reigns on our own lives periodically. We have to remember we weren’t meant to carry the heavy burdens of the world. We must learn how to surrender and let Him be in control. If you think about it, it’s nice to not be in charge or control of a huge event. Think about someone else running things and you just getting to do small jobs you are told to do. That is right up my ally. The stress and burden is taken away the moment you choose to be out of control.

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