Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday. Join me there to read other writers’ brief, unedited thoughts on the prompt, “control”.
So difficult a word for some of us. Or is it really quite simple?
I like to feel in control. My personality is most comfortable when I am the one in control.
I don’t always live with intention to control the things I can, such as my time, energy, attention, words, thoughts, and actions. This is an area that I am determined to change.
But there are so many things I cannot control.
It was so much easier when my sons were little. A parent can do well to provide a good deal of control when their kids are too little to understand what they need to do.
But teens and young adult offspring are not only harder to control; they also need to learn to live their own lives with intention.
It’s tempting to try to control those around us, even other adults (ask my poor husband), whom we have no ability nor business to do so.
I’d like to control my circumstances, but aside from using what God’s provided in this season of my life intentionally, I cannot control most of what the ebbs and flows of life bring.
But perhaps it’s really not as complicated as I make it out to be.
I can only change the things I can change. I’m learning to live more intentionally, but have a long way to go.
The rest I must leave to God, trust others to do their part, and chose my response or reaction with love and grace.
I guess this prayer really holds more wisdom and truth than I realized:
By learning to live this way, I may just find freedom.