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Reach Your Potential-Take Control


Remember growing up how you had big dreams? You wanted to be a police officer, or fireman, astronaut, princess or President! Well, over the next 30 day’s I am challenging you to Reach Your Potential. It’s time to reclaim the dreams that God has placed on your heart.

I love the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. He received a dream from God at the young age of 17 and after an avalanche of adversity, which included being sold as a slave to Egypt by his own brother, later he was thrown in prison unjustly only to emerge as the second in command over the mightiest nation in the world at that time. Joseph learned how to be in control when everything else seemed out of control.

“I know, LORD, that we humans are not in control of our own lives.” Jeremiah 10:23 (CEV)

A recent study found that 61 percent of Americans feel at least one aspect of their lives is out of control. The top three areas among respondents were personal health, household matters, and finances.

I read in a book recently and discovered that when it comes to control, we make two errors. We overestimate what we can control and we underestimate what we can control. We have more control than we think in areas that we think we have little control and we have little control in other areas that we erroneously think we have a lot of control.

There are things we can’t control such as the weather, the growing national debt, whether or not our company downsizes or not. But what we can control is our own personal debt and having contingency plans in place in the event our company has layoffs.

In the story of Joseph he couldn’t control his brothers betrayal, or Potipher’s wife’s false cry of rape, or the global famine that occurred but what he could control was the choices he made within those uncontrollable circumstances.

You can’t control how your spouse, adult kids, or bosses act, but you can control how you react to your spouse, kids, boss and circumstance that occur beyond your control.

I have learned sometimes to be in control, you have to let go of control.

“You put everything under his control.” When God put everything under

his Son’s control, nothing was left out. However, at the present time we still don’t see everything under his Son’s control. Hebrews 2:8 (GW)

We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to what happens to us.

There are three things we can control: (1) The thoughts we think. Philippians 4:7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (2) The attitude we adopt. Philippians 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: and (3) The actions we take. Ezra 10:4 Get up! It’s your duty to take action. We are with you, so be strong and take action.”

Start taking control!

Just a thought, Carl


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