Who’s in charge?
The question has been echoing in my brain ever since my five year old niece asked me last month.
It was the first day of her parents’ 11 day absence. I was filling in as caregiver, but I was the newbie. She and her three sisters were getting me up to speed with how the system worked. My biggest advantage was that I had the driver’s license.
So, I picked Charlotte up after school on the first day and she asked me flat out, “Who’s charge?” As if to say, let’s get the ground rules straight here: where does the power lie? I was so stunned by the question, I don’t remember if I gave her a definitive answer. I hope I did because it’s pretty important to win that battle up front.
But, it got me thinking.
I love, love, love setting goals. I love new systems and “the answer to all life’s problems” and the new way of doing things that’s going to make All. The. Difference.
But, it often doesn’t work out.
I lose enthusiasm. I drop the ball. I don’t hit my goals. I start over or give up. I face insurmountable obstacles and get discouraged. Life happens and things don’t work out.
And then I wonder again, “Who’s in charge?”
Is God in charge of my life or am I? Am I the captain of ship or not? Why bother to set goals if there’s a Higher Power moving the chess pieces? How can I set goals that align with His agenda?
These are my questions.
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