Dallas Willard said, “The challenge has been whether or not we were going to be god or allow God to be God. And to be god in a very important sense means I get to do what I want. And reason teaches me, inescapably, that I am not God. And so it all comes home right to the point where you find in the Gospels the talk about accepting the cross, giving up one’s life, and then finding a new life.” Describe a time in your life when you wanted to be in control of your life instead of letting God be in control. Were you happy at that time? Have you since allowed Christ to be Lord of your life?

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      Dana
      Participant

      Everyday when I wake up I have to give my life to God. It is so easy to want to take control and be in the drivers seat. However, when God is in the lead all of my anxieties seem to vanish.

    • #95318112
      Dana
      Participant

      A time in my life when I wanted to be in control was when I was applying to college. I wanted to go to a specific school and would stop at nothing (wihtin reason) to get in. After not getting to that school, I let God in and prayed for Him to lead me in the right direction. I ended up going to a different College and had a really great experience.

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      Randall
      Participant

      In college and a year thereafter. Everyone told me “You can be whatever you want to be,” and “You are master of your own fate now.” Both were lies. For six years I tried doing my own thing, and in doing so, I pulled further and further away from God and my life and character showed it. I wound up not only further from God, but stuck in a career I hated (chased money) in a huge city (Houston), and with my Fiancee telling me she couldn’t marry me because I was not living a life she could follow (she had given her heart to the Lord a year earlier). Crash and burn. I repented in the floor of my apartment and God re-entered the picture. He’s been my Lord ever since and I have a career I love, am in a small city amongst the mountains, and have been married to that same girl for 30 years.

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      Audrey
      Participant

      When I was single and dating I wanted to be in control of my life and choose the man I wanted to be with. I was not happy and felt lost a lot of the time. Since then I have been working on allowing God to take control of my life. It is a struggle to fight my sinful nature but I know God’s way is always better than mine.

    • #95311979
      Gwyn
      Participant

      A time in my life when I wanted to be in control instead of letting God be in control…well, this occurs every day. 🙂
      I have control issues and this is something that I pray against and ask for His help with. I know that life is better when I relinquish my illusion of control and let God do what He does best. I am a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ, but me and my sinful nature gets in the way…but, I do LOVE Jesus. 😉

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      Frank
      Participant

      There was a time when I was senior i had to choose my own path and not listen God, i wanted to control my lives with tough and hard times following my knowledge, minds and all desires, it affected my lives totally,but when i decided to put my trust in God my lives and everything was changed to new now.

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      David
      Participant

      When I was a Senior in H.S. my parents had to move to another city. At my old school I was a champion in athletics and fairly popular. At my new school there were no female sports and I was unknown and not in the right clique. I resented the move and became withdrawn from my parents feeling that I had been robbed of a happy Senior year. Now I can see the bigger picture of my parents wanting a better life for the family. God has given me this insight recently.

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      Susan
      Participant

      There was a time specifically that I wanted to live in a certain place and I manipulated circumstances to make sure that happened. It was a disaster and I learned to lean on God and trust Him in the outcome of situations. It takes a lot of faith to put your life in God’s hands, but it can also take a lot of stress off of you too when you trust in Him.

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      Cory
      Participant

      When I was younger thereca lot of neglect and abuse in my home, I would pray and not get relief, so O would take matters in my own hands. I have learned many lessons and now put my trust in God

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      Karla
      Participant

      I am a mother of five children, and I believed it was up to me to always keep them safe and healthy. I lived in horrible fear of what “could” or “might” happen to them. I wanted to control their environment, decisions, relationships, etc… I was exhausted, stressed, sick with constant worry. I read a book by Stormie Omartian called The Power of a Praying Parent, and I gave my children to the Lord. I have entrusted them with full confidence and commitment to the Lord’s care. Since I have been able to find some rest, peace, and even joy!

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      Patricia
      Participant

      Before I accepted Christ as Lord of my life, I was definitely wanting to be in control of my life. I didn’t want to accept Jesus because I wanted to continue what I thought, having fun. For me, it wasn’t a matter of if I believed in Jesus, it was a matter of when was I going to stop putting of accepting Him as Lord.

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      Brennan
      Participant

      There are many times that I wanted to choose my path and not listen to God’s voice. It took me years to decide to serve people instead of serving science and nature. It is deeply affected my life.

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      Our Daily Bread
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