Monday, April 23, 2012

Are You Getting Too Big for Your Britches?

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (see 2 Tim. 1:7).
I recently read a good devotion about this verse. 
What makes us afraid?
Is it the fear of failure? 
Did something alter the outcome you were expecting? 
Losing control of our circumstances can create a fear in us. 
We expect things to go a certain way and sometimes they just don't.
There was an order at work recently that was out of our hands.  It was put into production - but a glitch arose at the last minute causing a defect in the garments.  We could have gotten very angry at our vendor, our vendor could have gotten very angry at her production staff - but the anger would not have helped anything.  We could have been afraid of what might happen...would our client never purchase from us again because of this?  The anger and the fear would not help this matter.  It would not make the garments lose their defects.  We all needed to keep a sound mind to work through the problem and come up with a solution.  A loving attitude with power (or a confidence) along with a sound mind was needed to assure our client that we would do all we could to correct the situation. 
Sometimes we forget that God is in control of everything.  We go along in life thinking "I've got this!"  or that we are in control of this or that.  Every once in a while God will give us a little shake to remind us that it is not us in control of our circumstances.  Be careful that you don't get too big for your britches - or believe me, He will remind you who is in control.
Give up your rights to expectations that God never gave you.
You will find a new freedom in Christ you never knew you could have.

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