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I grew up in the 80s and Janet Jackson was one of my favorite artist. I still remember when her breakout song, CONTROL, hit the radio and MTV. I was glued to the TV. The song was all about being your own person, living your own life, and fulfilling your own dreams. I don’t really have a problem with that to a degree. I mean, God wants us to be that way, right!? Or does He?

I have a confession to make. I often treat God as an appendage. I don’t allow God into every part of my life because frankly I desire control and sometimes I think that if I don’t have the control everything will fall apart. Does anyone else relate? There are times that I just relate to God when I really “need” Him or if I am in some kind of trouble. I almost unconsciously yet consciously do this. It’s almost as if I’ve been trained to be this way and I allow my training to guide my life’s decisions. Honestly, when I received Jesus for the first time, I felt a genuine desire for Him to take control of my life. Still, my will over time has gotten in the way. Can I go a little further? If I am not in control, I tend to allow other things to control me. I like to say that God is totally in control, but I know that I am lying to myself. Don’t raise your hand if you relate to that. I don’t want you to embarrass yourself! One of the reasons why salvation is so important is because a life with Christ shows us that we cannot live life on our own and, guess what, we are not our own either.

So, to a degree, it’s okay to be your own person, live your own life, and fulfill your own dreams, as long as you remember that you are not your own! LOL. That’s sounds crazy doesn’t it! But it is a truth that we must embrace.


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