No matter how hard we try, we’re never fully in control of our lives, including our vocation. How we handle this truth matters greatly.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15 ESV
I recently went to an event where a friend of mine was speaking. One piece of advice that really stuck out was to make a plan, but to let go of control.
Now, biblically I know this is good advice; the verses above in James capture it well. We are to plan and work towards the mission God calls us to – but ultimately God is in control. To pretend we are in control is not only arrogant, but will drive us to stress and anxiety as we try and do what we cannot.
However, if you are anything like me as a driven entrepreneurial-minded self-starter, this is a huge struggle.
I don’t have a list of practical tips for letting go of control, but I want to reframe it in a way that is helpful for me. Rather than thinking of how hard it is to let go of control, I encourage you to see this as permission to not have everything together.
This is incredibly freeing when you are trying to do everything yourself and don’t know how things will ever work out. Not only do you get peace from trusting God, but he will work in ways you would never have imagined, increasing your faith and joy along the way.
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