We have a tricky relationship with control. It is true God gives us agency, and we are responsible to steward that well. However, our agency is limited. We cannot control nearly as much as we would like. So we strive and cling to control, and when the illusion of our control is broken we either cling grasp all the more for power or we resort to deflated inactivity. This year in the season of Lent, we will experiment with surrendering control. If you were not with us last week, we invite you to make some time this week to listen to the teaching of Mandy Smith and craft an experiment.
This week, we looked at our tendency to grasp for control of God. Eric Case guided us to consider what we do when God doesn’t behave the way we expect God to behave.
Our kingdom practice this week is to continue our experiments. If you haven’t crafted an experiment it’s not too late to join us. We would encourage you to make time this week to listen to the teaching of Mandy Smith and craft an experiment.
As you practice your experiments, you may be learning about what is helpful and what is not. The start of a new week is always a good time to consider tweaking the experiment. Perhaps something resonated in our reflection on controlling resources, or maybe the hazelnut and breath prayer of “All shall be well” was helpful.
Unfettered by Mandy Smith
The Cost of Control by Sharon Hodde Miller
The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
Full interview with Mandy Smith
Guided Daily Office
Pause (App Store) (Google Play)
Lectio365 (App Store) (Google Play)
Pray as You Go (App Store) (Google Play)
All Shall be Well a song by Andrew Peterson
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