Five Minute Friday: Control

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “control.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

This word instantly reminds me of a devotional I wrote years ago about the illusion of control in our lives.  In it I used the following verses:

“Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11)

“I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle.” (Jeremiah 10:23-24)

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)

I asked questions in the devotional like, “Have you ever felt like you were “chasing after the wind” in your life? How can this “chasing after the wind” be a form of control in your life?”

These questions also came up in the devotional, “How do you feel about the statement, “our lives are not our own?”  Does it challenge you in any way?  How might it go against our cultural view of ourselves? How can these verses comfort you as well?”

And I ended the devotional with these questions about Psalm 46:10, “What does this verse mean to you in light of our study today? How does this verse speak to who is ultimately in control of our lives? What does living out the truth of this verse look like practically in your own life?”

Obviously this devotional made an impact on me because I still think about it years later. And so I think that maybe I was writing it more for myself than for anyone else?

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