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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

the slippery soap

I have a dear friend who told me once about an episode of Dr. Phil she saw. I'm not a die hard Phil fan and neither is she, but this particular episode stuck in her mind, and the analogy she shared with me is something I've often thought about.

I never saw the episode myself, but I guess he compared a need to control things with grabbing a bar of slippery soap. The harder we grab onto a bar of wet soap, the more it's going to slip out of our hands.

Just like trying to control life makes us feel like we're loosing our "grip".

I dropped a bar of soap in the shower last night, and I was so aggravated when I kept trying to pick it up, and that sucker kept slipping right out of my hands. Over and over! I couldn't help but think of this analogy.

I'm reminded everyday lately that I have no control over anything. God has control over everything.

I do believe we have some control. But, it's the control he allows us. Like our ability to make choices. Of course, responsibility plays a huge part in our lives. Our choices are within our range of control, and we have consequences for them. But, ultimately it's God who has a plan for us. I'm learning I have to be willing to follow Him even if His plan is not my own.

I don't know what God has around the corner for me and my family, but I'm willing to surrender the slippery soap.

It's only when I fully surrender to him that I will begin to walk in the abundant life he has for me.

I'm willing to let go and let God.

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7 Comments:

At March 9, 2011 at 11:20 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

Amen sister. thanks for sharing. I really needed to read this.

 
At March 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Katina said...

YEs! Thanks for sharing this. Surrender is key although it can be so hard.

 
At March 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

That is a really great analogy. Sometimes we focus so hard on making things our way that we completely ruin it. And if we would relax we could get a grip and realize that the other way is not always the end of the world.

 
At March 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Shell said...

What a wonderful analogy!

 
At March 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM , Anonymous Craig said...

Pure soapy good wisdom Adrienne. I’m not a big Dr. Phil watcher either – but the way you put the right spin on his words – I heart that. This is wisdom, “It's only when I fully surrender to him that I will begin to walk in the abundant life he has for me.”

Me too :)

God Bless and Keep you and yours

 
At March 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM , Blogger citymouse said...

Stopping by from SITS.

I am really thankful God has given us His Word so we have a standard to live by. It takes a lot of the guess work of of living! Have an awesome weekend.

 
At March 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Savannah said...

I like that analogy, thank you!
Stopping from SITS! Have a great weekend!

 

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