Out of Control or Not Controlled

There are things out of your control. There are also things that are uncontrolled. It is vital to understand the difference.

Where we were born, what the driver in the lane beside us will do, and what our parent will do or say are all out of our control.

Missing the deadline, overspending, looking elsewhere during important conversations, and cheating reflect things uncontrolled. Our action would have changed the outcome.

The any.do app on my phone is reminding me right now, “Run your day or your day will run you.”

The reality that God is moving in the world and the truth that time and chance happen to everyone (Eccl. 9:11) must not move us to ignore, abandon or half-heartedly engage in our responsibilities as a parent, mate, co-worker, friend, and neighbor.

When Jesus was approached about working on the Sabbath, he instructed, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17). Even though he ceased from his work and later told the Israelites to rest on that day, God still got stuff done.”

Here are some things for us to do:

1. Know our roles and pursue them diligently now.

2. Focus on “what is” not “what if.”

3. Identify what usually stops or distracts us and minimalize it.

4. Pray. That can change things.

5. Have an aMayzing Day!

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