Worried? Stressed? “I’m Not in Charge” and Other Comforting Thoughts

I’m worried.

The country’s in trouble and the federal government’s a hot mess. America can’t seem to solve its most pressing problems. State government is no better. Gerrymandering keeps the wrong people in the statehouse making wrong decisions. And don’t even get me started on the county commission, the school board, healthcare leaders, and my church elders. Nobody is doing anything right! I’ve got to do something! It’s all so stressful trying to fix everything!

And then I remember – Actually, I’m not in charge of any of that. Other people have been given that authority, not me. My role is to vote (in the case of politics), to perform my job, and, as appropriate, to make my views known to the various leaders involved. Hopefully they will be interested, but even if not I have done my duty within the proper framework of my role.

Like seemingly everyone else in America, I’ve got some strongly held opinions on the most important issues of the day. People ought to listen! I need to make them listen! They’ve got to hear me! And when they do, they’ll come around – I know it!

But wait – Honestly, I could be wrong about some things. Maybe I’m even directionally correct, but just how practical are all of my ideas? Things may be more complicated than I understand. They often are.  Perhaps the leaders know additional details of which I am unaware, and no one’s asking me anyway. If people aren’t asking, it’s hard to answer. No one likes a busybody, and pressing the matter is irritating.

I get all that, but… THIS IS CRITICAL! I must speak up, take charge, demonstrate, fight back! There’s too much at stake, and the whole situation is going downhill fast. I can see the train wreck coming! This is going to be a disaster!

Hmm… Maybe. Maybe not. I can’t predict the future with certainty. Things often have a way of working themselves out. No guarantee of course, but it’s possible that everything is going to be just fine.

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Do you ever have conversations with yourself like that? (Please don’t let me be the only crazy Type A person here.) If so, try remembering these four things:
1 – I’m not in charge.
2 – I could be wrong.
3 – No one’s asking me.
4 – I can’t predict the future.

More importantly, also remember – there is one who is in charge of all things, who is never wrong, and who does know the future. He makes it okay for us to accept our powerlessness and admit our fallibility. You needn’t earn status with him.   He gives freely and promises us a good future.  Ask him for comfort. You’ll get it.

Take care,

Pete

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Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

– Jesus (John 14:1-3 NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

– Jesus (John 14:27 NIV)

 

Comments

  1. Good thoughts, Pete. Glad you’re back!

  2. Good thoughtband timely. Not just from a authoritative view. But smaller things in our lives that fall under the same umbrella.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Hi Ron,
      Thanks. I agree with that. I’m not in charge of a lot of life’s daily issues!
      Pete

  3. Jeff Wood says:

    Nice to see you writing again!

  4. Joanne Bacchus says:

    Thank you Pete for this reminder that God is in control!
    Joanne

    • Peter Weiss says:

      You’re welcome Joanne. Sometimes I need help remembering that too. Let’s help each other.
      Pete