Control is a big part of our life whether we like to admit it or not. We like to know and have our hand in everything in our life. Fear of the unknown factors of life the driving force behind this control. But would happen if we let God take the wheel of our life? What would happen if we stop trying to control the path we’re on and let Him control it?
I know from my own personal life how hard it is to let go of the control in your life. I struggle with it everyday I get up until I lay down, and even then I’m constantly fighting the urge to make my plans.
So how do we fight this urge to continually take control of our lives, letting go of the wheel, and letting God have full control? It’s more simple of an answer then we tend to think it is, but it’s one of the most difficult practices to apply to our life. It doesn’t come natural to us. So here are three steps to practice everyday to help you let go of the wheel and give control of your life to God.
Step 1: Remember that it all belongs to Him
One thing we all forget is that everything in the world was made for and by God. It belongs to Him and He do with it as He pleases. We’re only here as stuarts of what He gives us to take care of in our short existence.Our Families, kids, houses, jobs, belongings, and the list goes on and on are God’s and God’s alone.
When we come to this understanding that everything in our lives including our very life, we begin to see how trivial our attempts are to play god of our lives. We can’t and wont ever have a hope of controlling them. Our thinking and attitudes have to change to one that knows that everything is God’s and He will take care of it as He needs it taken care of.
Step 2: Think of your life as an act of worship
Playing off the first step in that we’re stuarts of everything we’re given, it’s important to remember and think or our every measure of our lives as an act of worship. It’s in the bible, we’re to offer up our lives as living sacrifices, this is our spiritual act of worship.
When we start thinking of everything in our lives as an act of worship how we perform everyday tasks and tasks we don’t like changes dramatically. We begin to no longer see it as a them as burdens but as offerings to the One who blesses us with the opportunity and lessons to live life.
Step 3: Stop worrying about the future
This is the one that I personally struggle with I think the most. Worrying about the future is undue stress we create in our lives. We’re guaranteed nothing beyond the moment we’re currently living. One breath at a time is all we have and all we’ll get.
When you think about it like that you begin to see the foolishness of how we worry about the life ahead that we don’t even know will happen. I’m not saying to plan ahead, because that’s equally as foolish, but don’t get so tide up in the things that can possibly go wrong. There’s no guarantee that you’ll even get the opportunity to walk down that road. God has a plan specially designed for each of us, and He has worked out all the plans and things we’ll need along the way. No reason to worry about them.
Letting go of the wheel of our lives is a constant battle, and we slip into taking back the wheel quickly if we don’t keep a concisous thought of giving God control. Just like a passenger ripping the steering wheel from the driver suddenly causes a wreck, so does our inability to trust God with our life as we rip control away from Him.
Burn bright, burn on…