by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, February 1, 2018
I’ve heard it said that it is not what happens to you in life that affects you so much as how you handle what happens to you. I believe that to be true. Things are going to happen that are beyond our control; of that we can be sure. So how do we handle a situation that is beyond our control?
The first step is vital. We must recognize the fact that it is beyond our control. We have to come to the conclusion that we are powerless to do anything about it. For instance, we cannot control our grown children, other drivers on the road, our neighbors, and, yes, even tragedies that occur. We can let our feelings be known, and often we should. But ultimately we have no control.
After that, comes acceptance. Acceptance brings peace. Isn’t peace of mind and peace of heart what we yearn for? Once we understand that certain things are beyond our control we can accept the situation/event for what it is and turn loose of the turbulence it causes in our life. The best way to achieve that acceptance is to turn it over to God. Acknowledged His control over things and let Him handle it. While that does call for an abundance of faith and patience, it is a must.
Then we can move on. We can get past something that negatively affects our life. Oftentimes things will have changed in a permanent way, such as death or sickness, but that acceptance makes peace possible, even if it takes a little time. That’s what Jesus means when he says in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV).
Bro. Tony, pastor
Church on the Bluff