Come in, grab a cup of coffee and sit down, the meeting is about to begin. Okay, quiet down; let’s call the meeting to order. Is there anyone who would like to begin?
I quickly look around the room, trying my best not to make eye contact. I have been through this several times. I know if things are ever going to change tonight is the night. I slowly raise my hand, making certain not to hold it too high…maybe she won’t even notice. No such luck, we lock eyes and I know it is my turn.
With all the courage I can muster, I make my way up from the rows of folding chairs to the podium. Here goes nothing.
“Hello, my name is Jamy and I have a tendency to control, a people pleaser to be exact. I have been for as long as I can remember – wanting to say and do what I needed in order to make others happy. It didn’t seem to be a problem, especially to begin with. I mean, aren’t we supposed to love our neighbor and do kind things for them? It was later on that I really started seeing the effects of this lifestyle. After having a conversation with someone, I would replay it in my mind – Did I upset them? Do they still like me? Or even Why did I say I would be the chairman of this event and do all the set-up as well? Sleepless nights, ulcers, stressed-out and overwhelmed are what I ended up with. Is there any hope for the card carrying member of people pleasers anonymous?”
Can you relate? Maybe your issue with regards to control is more of an enabler or martyr. No matter the title or end of the spectrum you’re on, I am here to tell you there is hope.
Let.It.Go. How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith gives you practical tips and ideas to letting go of your need to control. I hope through the course of this 6-week study I will be able to let go of those items I hold so tightly onto and solely rely on God to direct my steps.
Dear friend, I have some news for you, God not only sees the big picture, He’s the one painting it and has our best interests in mind. Let go of the reins and allow God to have complete control and lead you. This is not going to be easy and for some it will be very difficult, but nothing is impossible with God. Will you join me in this journey? Let’s leave our controller’s anonymous membership cards behind and take a hold of God’s plan for our lives.