It has occurred to me that I am a control freak.
Especially when it comes to my family and my home. I’m a firm believer that there is a way that is right.
It seems lately however when it comes to our home learning that the less control I have the more we get done. The more freedom I allow my children to explore the more progress I begin to see.
Of course I still do need to sometimes take control. It’s important for them to see and know the difference between things that help them to grow and things that don’t.
My children are all too familiar with my references of television and video games being little more than sugary treats.
We need to be wise in those things we spend our time on. Everything influences us one way or another. Which way do we want to go?
We all have habits. Some bad and some good. The question is do we recognize them? And once we do what do we do?
My oldest son believe strongly in completing his work as quickly as possible. If you finish his math no matter how poorly he does at least he can move on to the next thing. But this is not a habit we want to encourage.
We need to go out work heartily and we need to do it diligently. We need to work for the Lord whatever we put our hands to.
There will always be tasks we prefer not to do. I say about this as I load yet another load of laundry. I remind my children of the value of gratitude as I load a dishwasher again.
We either see the tasks and two trials set before us as blessings from God or we see them grumbling and complaining. We see them as something that keeps us from doing what we want.
But God is greater plans and a purpose that is so much better! When we put our hand to that plow and we work the work of the Lord who sent us to where we are for what we must do today.
Everyday is a gift. We simply have to recognize that. And then rejoice in His goodness because that dirty laundry and all those dishes are simply a testimony to His blessings.
Every breath that we breath is a gift. The steps that we take. Hearing the birds sing in the morning and seeing the sun rise up.
Certainly we cannot control everything in life. I remind myself daily but I cannot control someone’s heart and mine. Nor can I control their tongue. But I know the one who can give them the desire.
We can take control or we can step back and rest in knowing the one who is in control. We can have peace and joy and love knowing that all things work together for his good. And His good is our good if we are truly seeking His kingdom first.
Life never seems to go the way we plan. But thankfully it’s always according to the Lord’s plan. Isn’t that a relief to know?
Because isn’t it all about Jesus?