This week I have been thinking about M & M’s. I have a machine full of them on my desk and occasionally I will grab a quarter and indulge myself in the chocolaty sweetness. I have found myself rooting for certain colors to slide down the slot—blue, green, yellow, orange, red (why do they make brown M & M’s?). But no matter how much I want to get all green M & M’s I can’t control that.
The process is similar to your career search. Some things you can control such as your attitude, skill set, resume, etc. Then there are other things that you can’t control, such as employers calling you back, getting interviews, weather and car issues. I find that control is a pretty major deal with most people, including myself. I want to have control. I like holding the remote. I enjoy having my hands on the steering wheel. However, for you to surrender and look upward, you have to give that control up to God.
Did he just say give up control? Yes. I have found in my life that giving up control is one of the best spiritual disciplines a believer can regularly exercise. Proverbs 19:21 NLT says, “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” I consistently find myself making plans and trying to control every aspect of my life. I honestly don’t mean to, it just happens. So, part of my solution is to surrender my ambitions, goals and tasks to Christ every day. He is the one that can re-prioritize them, make me more efficient, work me into that next interview with His favor, and direct my life. If we give control to God we are setting ourselves up for great success, both in work and life.
Giving up control allows God to come in and rearrange your agenda. One practical way is to say out loud, “God I give you my day and all that could happen in it. You have permission to use me however you need to in order to fulfill your purposes in my life. I give you control today, you take the steering wheel.” Try it. There is something great about trusting what will happen next to the creator of the Universe. I think he is able to take care of everything that concerns you.
So the next time you find yourself in control—find a candy machine and learn to be okay with getting a variety of colors you didn’t want. Oh wait, I mean give control to God each day and see where he goes when he is driving. I know the results will be much better.