Today I'm linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. This week's word is "CONTROL."
When I was young, my brothers and I loved watching Get Smart: a TV show about a dim-witted secret agent, Maxwell Smart, who worked for the Control agency, battling against an evil organization called Kaos.
Even now we still quote lines from the show, like this one:
Oily villain from Kaos: "You're very loyal ... and very stupid."
Max: "We're Control agents. We're trained to be very loyal and very stupid."
Max: "There are a hundred Control agents outside at this very minute."
Villain: "I find that very hard to believe."
Max: "Would you believe fifty Control agents?"
Villain: "I don't think so."
Max: "How about three Boy Scouts with slingshots?"
In Maxwell Smart's world, Kaos was no match for Control. In my world, though, control is rarely the solution to chaos ... at least not my control. I may have my own narrow ideas of how to solve problems or what should be done to make the world better -- but so often they fall short because I don't see the whole picture, only my small part of it.
Life works better when I accept my limitations and trust that God is in control. That doesn't mean I do nothing -- only that I recognize when it's time to stop forcing and accept that I don't have all the answers. It's actually a lot easier to see what my place and purpose are if I don't try to control everything. I need to remember that.