Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Out of Your Control

I recently suffered a pretty bad ankle sprain. Those of you who follow me on instagram (@coachedintruth) probably saw the hedious picture I posted of it! Anyway, with that being said, I’ve had a lot of time to sit and think about life and one of the things that has crossed my mind is the idea of control. We all like to have control one way or the other. We try to make ourselves feel like we have control because we believe control is what is going to bring us peace. The truth of the matter is that we actually have very little control of the things that go on around us. Many people complain that they don't see the results they want to see in their lives. They were told as a young child that if they worked hard and they set their mind to something that they would be able to accomplish whatever they wanted to accomplish. I'm not sure I agree with that....I believe there are always aspects of our lives that we have no control over. Sometimes they are good things and other times they are bad things. Now I do believe that the choices and decisions we make have an effect on the outcome of different life situations but I refuse to accept that it is all a result of me. God is in control of my life, not me. This does not void me of the responsibility of making sound choices but I would be arrogant to think that my life is solely based on the choices I have made.

There are times throughout the whole bible where God's people had no control over the circumstances they were in. Job is a great example of this. He was a God fearing man who had done everything God had asked of him yet he faced a lot of pain and suffering. If I was in Job's situation I would have been soooo confused! I mean why was God allowing all this to happen to a person that loved God so much! In life we are faced with choices on a constant basis and a lot of times we have no idea how those choices will affect our future. Sometimes things turn out exactly how we expect them to turn out and other times we are left completely confused as to why things turned out the way they did.

You can approach the game of basketball just as you approach life. You can prepare, practice, scheme, plan and take a deep look at every choice you will make throughout the time of the game but you will never be able to say with 100% confidence what the result of the game will be. There will always be outliers that we cannot see, there will always be situations we couldn't have predicted and honestly I think that's what makes the game so exciting. No matter how much you prepare, the unknown will always be present. 

So does this mean we just should throw in the towel and not prepare at all? I mean if we can't prepare for everything then why try to prepare at all if we are just going to end up being face to face with what we were unprepared for? That's where we are wrong because it's not about trying to be prepared for every situation possible, it's more about training ourselves on how we will respond when we are faced with the unknown or unexpected.

We are so concerned at times with having all the answers and we work our little fingers to the bone until we feel like we have accomplished answering all the questions but the truth is we will never have the answer to every challenge we are faced with. What we can do is resolve to having a godly mindset or attitude that we use when we are faced with the unexpected. (Colossians 3:1-4)

The truth of the matter is that God is the only one with all the answers. Even if he doesn't give us the specific answers to our specific problems, he does provide for us a way of thinking that allows us to process all that we go through. I love that about my relationship with God because it takes so much of the pressure off of me. God reveals to me exactly what needs to be revealed to me in order for me to see him. I don't have to have all the answers but I do know where to go when I have questions. Nowhere else on this earth provides such an outlook on life, God has promised us protection and he has made a relationship with Him available to us all. What other answer could we possibly ask for?

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