Focus on What You Can Control

It’s funny, but change has a way of reminding us that we don’t have as much control as we thought we did, and c’mon, we all like being in control, don’t we? But here’s what I’ve found to be true: while you can’t control your situation, you can control how you respond to it.

So, what are you focusing on? So often we choose to focus almost exclusively on the things we CAN’T control and when we do, the other parts of our life, our jobs and our relationships, the things we CAN control, suffer!

Think about the parable of the talents. One guy got five talents, another got two, and the last guy got one.

Notice, they didn’t all get five talents. In fact, the last guy was only given 20% of what the first guy was given! What does that tell you? It tells me that not every situation in life is the same and not every situation is fair!

Sometimes your boss doesn’t seem to notice you.

Sometimes your idea isn’t heard.

Sometimes you CLEARLY see what no one else can and it’s driving you crazy!!

Face it, sometimes, for whatever reason, you get less than the guy next to you. But remember: you won’t be judged by the situation you’ve been given, but rather by the way you handled it.

So, are things changing for you? Are you feeling uncertain and a little out of control? What can you double down on? What part of your life CAN you control? Find it, and make the most of it. Don’t focus on what you can’t control.

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Whitney George
Lead Pastor
Whitney George is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move, where he oversees the operations and ministries of the church. Whitney is passionate about the local church and loves connecting with other church leaders. He and his wife, Heather, have five children and he loves Notre Dame football.