You Are In Control

19 Sep

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.  That is where your power is.”  ~ Unknown

This is probably one of the days where I need to pay more attention to the quote that I select.  I’m not very good when it comes to losing control of situations.  Anyone who has seen me around our annual festival will know exactly what I mean.  I cannot control the weather; yet, I fret about it every year.  I look at the forecast and beg and plead with God for good days.  I have a hard time accepting a “wash out” event.  I can’t control the weather.  I should know better.  I just have a hard time accepting that.

I have that issue in a number of other ways as well.  As a perfectionist, I have a hard time accepting when events slip out of my hands and go off on their own erratic course.  I try to hang on tight and steer them back rather than accepting the fact that I have no control over some situations.

That happens in my spiritual life as well.  There are times that something comes up while I am trying my best to attend to something else.  For example, important days such as Holy Week might be happening.  In the midst of preparing for Holy Week, a few or more funerals come about.  For awhile, I am blindsided by that uncontrollable event and it might affect the way I focus myself for the services.

We may not be in control; however, we can learn to control the way we respond when we are not in control.  If we cannot respond properly, we end up becoming frazzled.  Our relationship with others might become frayed and we will feel miserable.  Even more, we might take it out on God, blaming Him for that which bothers us.  We might not be in control of events; but, we are in control of the way we deal with our response to events.

God has a plan.  Sometimes, His plan is not the same as ours.  The sooner we realize that, the better off we will be.

FAITH ACTION:  Ask God to give you the grace that you need to let go of situations out of your control so that can better accept what is happening and move on in your life.