You can’t control everything….

By definition to “Control” means to have the power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events. Authority, power, sway, dominance, rule, sovereignty, management, and direction are just some synonyms of the word “control”.

We can easily slip into the trap of trying to control everything. Because of past hurts we can go through life trying to control everything as a way of protecting ourselves. We micro-mange, direct, and sway those in our lives. The need to control can cause a sense of panic when we are faced with something that we can’t control. This can become a very unhealthy place to be. If the need to be in control is controlling you it is time to make a change. God can help you but he needs you to be willing to let go.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 7.25.19 AMMy hair is a funny reminder that I am not the one in charge. I have short hair and sometimes I wake up with it going EVERYWHERE. It is my flock of seagulls’ hair. If you were a product of the 80’s you will know what I mean. On those days my hair is a simple reminder that I can’t control everything. It has a mind of its own at times and there is nothing I can do about it. Life can be the same. No matter how hard we try to control it, we can’t.

God is the only one who is in control at all times. He is the only constant that we can count on. When I let go of things I had no control over and gave them to God I began living in victory and not panic. The same can be true for you.

Now take a closer look at some of the synonyms of “Control”

  • Authority: God is in CONTROL there is no authority higher than God.
  • Power: God is in CONTROL all power belongs to Him. Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: 
that power belongs to God, Psalm 62:11 NIV
  • Dominance: God is in CONTROL and he has dominance over all nations and all kingdoms. He has got your life handled also.
  • Rule: God is in CONTROL He will rule and reign forever.
  • Sovereignty: God is sovereign. “If you were to look up the word “sovereign” in the dictionary, you would find words and phrases like superior, greatest, supreme in power and authority, ruler and, independent of all others in its definition. But the way I like to explain God’s sovereignty best is simply to say, “God is in CONTROL.” There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. As King of kings and Lord of lords, God has no limitations” -Chip Ingram, Walk Thru the Bible

I hope that these synonyms of the word control help you to see that God is ultimately in control. To keep trying to control what you can’t is just going to waste a lot of your time.  If you can’t control your hair on a bad hair day what makes you think you can control life better than God himself.

Originally written for Living Better 50 magazine. LB50ContributorSQ

Photo Bomb

Just the other night I was taking some family photos of all the cousins as we celebrated the 4th of DSC_5170July.  My son saw the perfect opportunity to photo bomb one of the pictures.  He jumped in behind a few of his cousins and his sister with a funny look on his face.  As they sat smiling for the camera he stood behind them with a goofy look on his face  and messed up the photo.

The enemy loves nothing more than to “Photo Bomb” the picture God has for our lives…..

Yes I just said “Photo Bomb”.

Picture it. There is a beautiful backdrop of God’s creation, and in the photo you are looking at Jesus. His love for you radiates and you are filled with joy as you stand in the presence of your Savior. Then comes the Photo Bomb! The enemy jumps in behind Jesus pointing a finger at Him and whispering to you, “Don’t trust Him. It is all a lie. He must not love you. If he did love you that bad thing would not have happened”. It only takes a moment for the enemy to photo bomb and distort the beautiful picture God has for our lives.

When the enemy jumps in and tries to distort the picture we need to remember what the living and breathing word of God says. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

We live in a broken world. As the saying goes, bad things happen to good people. God doesn’t sit back waiting for the perfect time to bring harm to us. The enemy however, wants nothing more than to cause us to believe it is God that we can’t trust. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8,9 (NIV)

In the photo bomb, the enemy raises his ugly head from behind Jesus because he cannot get in front of Him. We need to remember that. The enemy has been put in his place; he has no power. He is like the annoying guy that is jumping up and down behind the reporter just so he can get his picture on TV. I don’t know about you but I always laugh at that guy. No matter how hard he tries to get in front of Christ he can’t. Christ will stand between the two of you. You can count on that. Also, you have been given the authority to tell him to back off. On more than 1 occasion I have said, “In the name of Jesus get away from me. You are not welcome here”. When you claim the authority you have been given by God you can photo shop him out of the picture.

Never be afraid to tell the enemy to take a hike when he rears his ugly head and photo bombs God’s picture for your life.