Sunday, October 26, 2008

Back to Basics

There are definitely times to get back to basics. When the schedule gets packed a little too full, when life becomes a little unmanageable and my patience runs thin - It's time to get back to basics.

For me, the basics are:

Powerlessness: I can't do it. I can't make it happen or not happen. I can't make people do or not do anything. It is the realization that "control" - for me - is an illusion.

Yes, there are things I can do to improve my situation. I can get adequate rest, eat healthy foods, and get out and do the things that keep me fit - physically and spiritually. (Fortunately, a walk is good for both of those!) I can influence my environment - and my schedule - in a positive manner, but ultimately, I can't control any of it.

But, fortunately, next on the list:

He can: I can trust in the sovereignty of God. There is Hope and there is Justice. Taking time to be with and to focus on God, is really, really healing for me.

Finally, I can surrender. I can quit trying to do things my way, and step into line with His plan. Not nearly as simple to implement as it sounds. But, once I quit fighting it, life is much, much easier.

May I follow where you lead. May I walk on the path that You have chosen for me...

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