Saturday, January 1, 2011

Control Your Own Destiny

Control your own destiny or someone else will. Jack Welch.

I had this quote on my bulletin board in college. For years after graduation it was still tucked in my desk drawer. It's not there anymore, but I was reminded of it recently. (I also realized that I really didn't internalize this piece of wisdom as I seem to have spent most of my life expecting someone to take care of me.)

I've been struggling with the concept of controlling my own destiny a lot lately. It sometimes feels like it's in conflict with my belief that God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. BUT God gave free will soooooo, I guess that I do have to take some control (and responsibility) don't I?

This new light bulb finally came on, and I have realized that I have been doing the same things over and over and over again and expecting things to change. I really do need to stop doing the same things.

Not everything needs to change. Still got the 6 kids and the Husband and that's all staying put, as is my faith in God.

It's very easy to take a "victim" role but I need to "Control my own destiny" and not blame anyone else for what I feel isn't going the way I want it to. So I am going to branch out and see what happens and stop expecting someone else to take care of me or "fix things."

The first step in this is something that is already in motion...going back to graduate school this month to get a Masters in Counseling. I'm looking forward to building a career for myself and helping to support the family.

So that is where I am. Working to control my own destiny while being mindful of God's will in my life. I believe that the key is to move forward prayerfully and intentionally, setting goals and having a vision for the future.

Wishing you peace and clarity in 2011.


1 comment:

  1. Interesting thoughts-- and ones I've had myself. I've been "mad" at God for not answering my prayers but I sometimes think I pray my wants and then wait for God to fix it. He can, I know, but maybe He's also wants me to play a part or maybe He's Ok with what I decide to do/feel/think and just wants me to make sure He's a part of it. I agree with the non-victim mentality. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and echoing my own.