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11.29.20

BEING IN CONTROL

We all like to be in control. I know one guy who said his wife liked to be in control so much that he had to install a steering wheel on the passenger side of the car just for his wife.

None of us controls the universe. If we did we couldn’t make life any better because we wouldn’t know what was good or bad. Garth Brooks sang a song about that called Thank God for Unanswered Prayers. We can identify with that. Remember when you were in high school and you thought you couldn’t live without that particular person but it just didn’t work out? You were devastated and thought life could not go on. Then at your twentieth high school reunion you saw that person again and said, “Thank God for unanswered prayers!

If you wake up every morning with the goal of straightening out people, you probably ought to be a funeral director. When he straightens out people, they stay straight, but the rest of us have to redo it each day.

My wife used to battle that problem. When it came to me and how I acted, she felt the urge to purge. She wanted to purge me of those things that drove her crazy and made life difficult. But I think she now knows that it is a lost cause.

There is greater joy in life when you finally realize that you can’t straighten everyone out. In fact, it is not even your job. God is the only one who can ever straighten anyone out. He alone knows what needs to be dealt with and what really doesn’t matter. He knows what has eternal consequences and what is just a temporary, earthly problem.

You need to accept the truth that there are some things you will never change about this world and the people who live in it. But remember that the Lord can and will change everyone and everything in His time.

Bro. Mike

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