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Control Yourself!

by Jeremy Anderson

When I was younger, I was a “hyper” kid. As a matter of fact, I’m still pretty hyper, even as a young adult! My parents and others would often say, “Jeremy, control yourself; you need to practice self-control!”

I want to ask you a question, looking at the word “control” in a spiritual context—if you are not in control, then who is in control of you? Think about that for a second. Most people want to be in control of their own lives, but as true Christians, when we practice self-destruction, we are allowing God to be the ruler over our lives.

We all have two sides to us: the flesh and the spiritual. If we are operating out of the “flesh,” then we are aiming to please “self.” On the other hand, when you chose to operate in the Spirit of God, then you are allowing Him to “lead out” in your life. The best place in the whole world for a person is in the will of God! God is the master orchestrator of life because He is life.  How can someone successfully orchestrate their own life better than the one who created life? Surrendering control of your life to God is hard at times, because deep down inside we lack faith in what we cannot see with our natural eyes. Even though we don’t understand what’s going on, we have to know that all things are working out for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV).*

I can recall being on a flight to Dallas when we experienced quite a bit of turbulence. Despite the many flights I’ve been on, I’m always a bit uneasy, because ultimately I have no control over the plane. After the turbulence and a somewhat rocky landing it was time to exit the plane. As I gathered my belongings, I heard an elderly woman questioning the pilot. As she exited the plane, she complained about the turbulence and the rough landing. I overheard the pilot say to one of the flight attendants, “I wonder if she could do better?” As I exited, I couldn’t help laughing at his comment. I began to think about the number of times that we question the way God handles our problems.

We as young Christians have so many questions for God. We question why we go through turbulence and rough times, but we have no idea what goes on in the “cockpit” of life. I don’t think that the woman consciously wanted to be in control of the plane, but in reality it was her very lack of control that made her uneasy. As young Christians, when we can get to the place that we can put self aside, trust God, and allow Him to control and lead every aspect of our lives, then and only then are we truly embracing the gift of life that He so generously offers. There is no life without God, and if we truly have God in our lives, we will allow Him to lead.

Thinking about the woman and her complaints, I came to the conclusion that God wants to take the trip of life with us but He needs to be the pilot. Recently, however, God has been showing me that He doesn’t just want to fly the plane; He wants to be the plane! God is the one carrying us through the storms, the wind, and the rain.

We have been created to think freely, and we also have the gift of choice. Our God is not a God who will force His way on any person. You have to make a conscious decision to allow Him to lead and control your life. This can be done only by the power of the Holy Spirit. A true follower of Christ will be able to kick self out of the cockpit and ask God to not only fly their plane, but to be their plane! But this won’t happen until they die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to take control of their life.

Today I hope you make the conscious choice to die to self and let God totally control you. It’ll be the best decision you’ll ever make.

*Scripture quotations credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Jeremy Anderson is the author of five published books and has a passion for youth and young adults. He’s also had the privilege of traveling internationally, speaking on behalf of God. Jeremy and his wife, Traci, and their daughter live in Madison, Alabama. You can learn more about him at

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