The Things We Control

A lot of times, we seriously cannot make ourselves better – health wise. But. Yes, there is a “but”. We can always, always, always, draw nearer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Focus on what is within your control. This is something I have definitely learned in therapy this last 1.5 years.

Pick thoughts of things within your controls, versus those we cannot control.

We are passengers in the ride of life much of the time. We tend to obsess about things we definitely cannot control. How much better would our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health become if we didn’t obsess over things we cannot change?

What if we chose to instead, to live out Philippians 4 – pick out the thoughts of what is lovely, honorable, and worth thinking about?

Focus on What is Within Your Control

My stress level has been more than a little on the crazy side lately. This phrase has been replaying in my mind. I know, the Lord Jesus Christ knows exactly what I need and when I need it. So, I am choosing to trust Him and work on what is within my control. The Holy Spirit gives us the exact words we need to hear, and this phrase churning in my spirit is no exception. The Lord knows I need to learn how to think in a more sanctifying way. Because my thoughts need a makeover. Often, they aren’t very… well, sanctifying.

There are many things I cannot change, such as other people or what the Lord’s will is. But, I can choose my thoughts, actions (or reactions), what I eat, or say. I can choose to pray, worship the King of Kings, and honor the Lord our God.

In Philippians 4, we are taught this principle. Let’s listen in, shall we?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

– Phil. 4:6-9, NLT