Every morning my day begins the same way. Each day begins with a choice I am forced to make; a choice that will, in a large way, determine what kind of day I might have. I am forced to decide who will be in control of the day. Will it be God? Or will it be me?
I wish I could tell you that it is an easy decision for me to make. But, the truth is, it is a battle that is waged throughout the day. I want to be the one in control. I want to make all the decisions and make my own rules. And even though I know who should be the One in control, there is a constant tug-of-war happening inside of me.
These days, as we go through so many transitions and changes at FUMCMC, it would do me good to remember the words of the Psalmist . . .
Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God. I am honored among all the nations. I am honored over all the earth. (Psalm 46:10, The Voice)
The truth is I don’t know what you and I will face this week. And you don’t either. But I know what God wants us each to do. His desire for us is to let go of control and allow Him to be in charge. He wants us to let go and know He has us covered and for us to simply breathe.
Many people have heard about and pray the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
But most people don’t know that Reinhold Niebuhr, the theologian who wrote this prayer, didn’t stop there. There was more:
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
As you and I allow God to teach us The Art of the Road Trip, maybe we can remember who is leading and who is following!