Are you controlling? Am I ? Aren’t we suppose to have some control over our lives? I think we are. Yes. As responsible adults, we do have to take control of our lives. There is a difference between being responsible and controlling, isn’t there? We have to be responsible for, well, what we are responsible for. Our jobs, our homes, our families and so on. We all have responsibilities. It is how we handle them which determines whether we are controlling or not. If we can not show flexibility with others and with circumstances, chances are, we are being controlling. In the case of CLUTTER (Day 17), could it be that part of being controlling is holding on to stuff?
One reason we control is because we want to protect ourselves from the things that hurt us. When we can “Let go and Let God” we are learning to trust HIM. We let go of the power we think we have. There is no one who wants to meet our needs more than our Father. There is no one who can perfectly meet our needs except for our Father. Not even ourselves.
I remember someone telling me years ago a philosophy they held dear. That person said, “I have learned that the only person I can depend on is me. I don’t trust anyone.” Okay. Sounds like a plan. Think about it. In light of others around you, you may think it is a better idea to place all your trust in yourself. After all, relationships can be hurtful. People can betray us. Retreating to a place of control can be safe. It has to be. Our very lives depend on it. But are we really equipped to be THAT person? The only one we can trust is, ourselves? REally? How trustworthy are you? Dig deep here. Have you ever let yourself down? But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
No. We need to have other people in our lives. We need to have a good relationship with ourselves and others. We need to trust and understand that we are vulnerable and we may get hurt. We need to let go of STUFF that surrounds us and helps us feel safe, but instead, keeps us bound up. CLUTTER or otherwise. We need to trust God and lean fully on Him. The One that loves us and wants all of us, all the time. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
It is time to trust again. For your heart and for mine. We can fully trust God and we can begin to trust others with wisdom. We cannot trust others as though they are God. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He is perfect and He loves us perfectly. Others will hurt us and we will hurt others, whether we mean to or not, we cannot avoid this if we want real LIFE. No amount of stuff will save us. May my heart and yours truly surrender control to the Only One we can fully trust. May my hands and yours surrender control to the King of kings as well.