“When Things are Out of Your Control”

December 23, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Matthew 1: 18-25 |

There's one brutal truth in life that some people refuse to accept- you have no control over many of the things that happen in life. And many people who refuse to accept this truth very often become control freaks. They micromanage, refuse to delegate to others, try to force people to change, and exercise all sorts of control measures in order to manipulate the results they want.

Others often go to another extreme and constantly worry that something that is beyond their control will happen. They worry about everything! And the reality is that worrying doesn't do any good!

However, we learn from the Birth of Christ/Christmas story how to handle life when things are out of our control. We see from Joseph and Mary that there are some practices that we can put in place when things are beyond our control. A few principles we glean from Joseph and Mary are that contemplation is more fruitful than desperation, courage is more fruitful than fear, and construction is more fruitful than destruction. So when we experience things that are out of our control we don't have to live in despair.