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

TITLE: What is Control?
By Cassandra D'Addio
02/04/06


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Control. What does the word mean to you- what do you think of when you hear it? “Loss of control”- (addictions?); “Control freak” (Obsessive Type-A personality?) “Ground control” (Houston, we have a problem………?) When I think of “control”, I think of God. Everything is in control in the universe. Everything is orderly. Controlled. Winter follows autumn following summer and spring. Truly, to every thing, there is a season. Our dry, hurtful seasons are of course necessary to build the faith we need, and to draw closer to God. We all know that…when we aren’t in them. But once they come, do we embrace the pain, rejoicing in all things? Usually not- but we can learn to totally trust in Him, the one who loves us with an everlasting love. We cannot control our life. We can order it, perhaps, but we cannot control it. Things happen. Things we don’t want, wouldn’t choose. Therein lies the comfort of our Abba father. He allows those things to enter our life, and he walks through them with us, and uses them for his own purposes. We will not understand everything this side of heaven. I firmly believe that the more we mature as Christians the more convinced we are of our lack of control and understanding. So we embrace the eternal, shed our earthly dependence on and illusion of control and embrace the limited abilities we have in the here and now; to live, to love - with abandon, wildly giving and investing into the lives of others what we once hoarded for ourselves- true love, the love defined by Christ’s blood. May the light of Jesus’ love shine through me as I acknowledge my lack of true control and look to him as my true compass, guide, provider, and protector. Amen.


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David Story02/08/06
Nice piece.
Now, if I would just take the advice and let God...