Focus on What You Can Control

“Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.”

– 1 Corinthians 7:17

Over the past two days I took a slight detour from the seven Biblical world-changer thoughts you can incorporate to keep your mind healthy. Now back to the second thought on my list: Focus on what you can control. Do most people focus on what they can control or what they cannot control? Watching the evening news, are you going to hear about things you can control or things you cannot? Do grumpy, negative friends or relatives gossip about things they can control or things they can’t? Many discussions are focused on issues that are out of your hand. That’s what negativity is. It says, “I’m not in control, I’m not to blame,” or “I’m powerless.” We know this isn’t true!

Entrepreneur Jim Rohn shares an example: A farmer plants seeds in the spring. Throughout the summer, he works ten-hour days, six days a week, tending to his crops. A hailstorm wipes out all the crops a day before the combines are about to plow the field and gather the harvest. Although he deserved his harvest, it was beyond his control to prevent this disaster. 

Friend, when life throws us curveballs, there’s a choice that sets us apart from everyone else. Are you going to keep farming or will you give up? Are you going to plant, tend and work again? It will make all the difference if you do. Those are the things you can control. The hailstorms, your neighbors, or your government are beyond your control. The only thing you can control is what you do each day. As you partner with God and focus on this fundamental principle, you will find success!


Father, help me to stay focused on what I can control.


How do you see God as your partner?

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