Are you a control freak? Women are designed that way, you know. If we weren’t, how in the world could we do all we do, need to do, think we need to do?
I used to be a control freak. Now, I'm a recovering control freak, praying I don't fall off the wagon. For most of my sixty-two years, I’ve had the need to control not only my life but everyone and everything around me, which is an impossible feat, but I kept trying. Isn't there a saying about insanity that we try the same thing over and over hoping for a different result? Well . . .
Then God called.
I can’t say I relinquished the god job overnight, but I made the effort. I guess you could say, I got tired of the fight. It's emotionally and physically draining to try and control everything in your environment. And, honestly, it’s not worth it. God does the job so much better. There’s simply no way I could get the leaves to do that thing they do—turn green then turn red or gold then turn green again. And I’d do a really lousy job of making a person. I’d forget a step or two and want to shorten the nine months to about four.
So, God, you can have the job. And when I act like I want it back, a gentle reminder that some things are in my control and the rest I have to trust that You’ll take care of in Your time, not in mine.
Special thanks to Karen Ehman for the inspiration for today's post.
If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
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- Prologues: Not as Evil as You Think http://t.co/letadaH4 @Janice_Hardy
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- Compound Words in Technological Contexts http://ow.ly/gVoe3 via Daily Writing Tips
- The Hierarchy of Clarity http://ow.ly/gVoX2 via @StoryFix
- Why You Need to Embrace the Conflict in Your Story http://ow.ly/gWcDl via @write_practice
- Better Plotting: 7 Ways Your Characters Can Screw up Their Decisions http://ow.ly/gWhZi via @Janice_Hardy
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Happy writing & running, Kathy