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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: Life, Out of Control
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01/31/06


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Do you ever just have “one of those days”? I was having one of those recently. I thought I would take the girls outside, curl up with a good book and get a little sun on my face. That would make me feel a little better. Now, as a mother of two small children, I’ve learned to tune a lot of things out for sanity’s sake. However, I should have noticed as I was sitting down, finding my bookmark, that ants were covering my legs up to my knees! By this time, I was ready to call it a day. Well, after the little Hallelujah dance it took to brush off those Texas-sized ants feasting on my legs, I needed to dive into a good book. Oh, and did I mention the name of my book? “The Winning Attitude”, by John Maxwell… ironic, huh?

I began reading, “The days ahead are filled with changes which are my challenges. I will respond to these opportunities with the confidence that my life will be better because of them. With God all things are possible.” All things are possible? I’ve heard and read this many times before as you have I’m sure in Matthew 19:26. Does that mean that it’s possible to change my thoughts about circumstances that are beyond my control?

Did you realize that those things which consume your thought life or those things which capture your attention will determine your happiness? It’s really no secret. The answer can be found in a very familiar passage of scripture. Fill your mind with “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV) Meditated thoughts create decisions which create actions and habits that determine your attitude.

Let’s be honest. It seems sometimes having “one of those days” can turn into seasons of months or even years at times. Maxwell writes, “Any man can fight the battle for just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we tremble. It is not the experiences of today that drive men to distraction; it is the remorse or bitterness for something that happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore live but one day at a time – today! “

Maybe like me, you might find yourself needing to do a little Hallelujah dance to brush off those negative feelings about some circumstances which may be out of your control. You may even have to do this little dance daily. Just wake each day saying, “I’m not what I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be” then get to dancin’! No one but you can determine what you will think and how you will act.

Thinkin’ on good things…


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Jan Ackerson 02/09/06
Your first and last paragraphs were great! The heavily quoted paragraphs in the middle lost me for a bit--I wanted more of your voice. Love the "Hallelujah dance"!