Thursday, August 27, 2009
Control and Worry
“Faith for Jesus is the opposite of anxiety. If you are anxious, if you are trying to control everything, if you are worried about many things, you don’t have faith, according to Jesus. You do not trust that God is good and on your side. You’re trying to do it all yourself, lift yourself up by your own bootstraps.
The giveaway is control. That’s a good litmus test of the quality of your faith. People of faith don’t have to control everything, nor do they have to change people.” ~Richard Rohr
This quote hits a little too close to home for me. I struggle with control and worry. I try to turn it over to God, but I forget to leave it with Him, and I take it back. I don't want to struggle with anxiety but I want to rely on Jesus. My type A personality has a hard time letting go of control. But, this quote, and God's word, tells me I have to or my faith is weak. I don't want a weak faith. I want a strong, unshakable faith. A faith that goes through the fire and comes out refined. A faith that relies on God to get me through this life, and a faith that is grounded in Him.
My prayer today: Lord, create in me that faith. The faith that does not have to control or worry but a faith that can leave all that at the foot of the cross, allowing you to be in control.