This weekend, Pastor Tim talked us through the fact that God is Owner. The idea of having a white-knuckle grip on certain things in life is all too relatable. I know in my own life, the moments where I forget that God is in charge are moments where I am usually the most stressed, and the least effective.
When my son was born, I remember feeling tremendously overwhelmed. I knew I wanted to be a Godly example for him and a leader for our home. I knew I wanted to live my life in a way that would encourage him to pursue Christ. But I also knew that the responsibility of my son's salvation was too much for me to put on my shoulders.
As I was reading scripture one evening after he was born, it clicked; I was claiming ownership of something that was not my own.
The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it
- Psalm 24:1
Acknowledging God's ownership doesn't mean I don't need to try to lead my family in a God honoring way. Nor does it mean that my influence in my son's life doesn't matter. What it does mean, though, is that I can have peace about the fact that God is in control. That my family is in His hands. I am called to manage the things that have been placed in my care to the best of my abilities.
Upon realizing that everything (and everyone) belongs to God, it got me thinking about other areas of life where I wasn't admitting God's ownership. It has been very helpful for me to list things in life that are in God's control—especially when I feel overwhelmed by what I face in life.
Here are a few of the things on my list:
- My wife's health
- My son's walk with God
- My daughter's salvation
- Where I will be in 5 years
What are some things in your life that you hold tightly, but need to acknowledge that God owns them?