FROM THE PASTOR'S PORCH: Don't be a control freak!
Control freaks are not always ego maniacs who want to control the world. Well...maybe they are because one thing in common with all control freaks is that they want to control their own lives and if you want to control your own life you would have to be able to control the world around you. That's why being a control freak is always so unsuccessful and control freaks are never satisfied or happy.
I was a control freak for many years, and to some extent, I still struggle with it at times, but being in the ministry of Pastoring a church for the last seven years has just about broke me of the habit. I still make plans for my day, but I have learned not to get too excited when one phone call can change every detail of the day that I had so well planned out. I think each and every one of us has to finally come to grips with God's Word when He tells us "do not lean on your own understanding".
Being a control freak is never succesfull because it is contrary to the way that God operates plus we do not have the resorces or intellect to accomplish our goals. We cannot see the "big picture" like God does and we certainly are not smart enough to "make all things work for good" the way he can. We are looking at the world through a knot hole and some how we think we know what's going on!! So we lean on our own understanding and make our plans so we can know what's going to happen and control our lives.... it ain't gonna happen. Oh, some folks have success from the world's point of view; they have money, cars, homes, and lots of toys, but they don't have things eternal and they don't accomplish what God had in store for them. And there won't be no Uhaul trailer hooked on to the hearse so they can take all their "stuff" with them.
God's plan is for us to Trust Him. He wants us to depend completely on Him and not lean on our own understanding. If we put our complete Trust in Him and give control of our life to Him, He will guide us always in the right direction and He will always give us strength as we need it to accomplish His purpose for our life. This process is called growing strong in your weakness and it is the only true way to success and happiness.
I don't know about you but I think I'm gonna leave all the stress and worry of tryin' to control my own life to the control freaks. We all want to go to the the smartest Doctors when we're sick. We want the smartest leaders to run our government. We want the smartest coaches for our football teams. Why wouldn't you want God who is all powerful and all knowing running YOUR life. Sign me up!! ~Pastor Lynn