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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: Submit, Or Not to Submit
By c clemons
02/01/06


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Submit, or not to submit, that really is the question. I have come to the conclusion that in actuality I never had control over much of anything. I am not a controlling person but I like to control what is in my sphere. I like order, I like logic and knowing what to expect. Some would say I border on being a perfectionist. Of course I would not agree with that, although having a dinner party does send me into a tizzy if everything is not absolutely perfect.

People like me do not do well with middle age. I thought I had planned for this transition in life by eating right, exercising and doing the things to slow down the natural process of aging. What a joke! In my youth I could drop five pounds by skipping dinner. I could stay up all night and still function the next day at work. I could sleep all night without one trip to the bathroom.

The reality is, whether I wanted them or not I have bifocals, the bathroom scale only decreases two pounds after a week of dieting and exercise. Without warning I can feel as though I am in a sauna with all my clothes on. I feel twinges in my joints that were not there the day before. My hair has a mind of its own and my skin has to be slathered daily to keep any kind of glow.

I am just now beginning to understand it was all in the master (Masterís) plan. In order to make it thru a day I have to have to call upon Him even in the simplest of things. I need Him for decision-making, I need Him on the job, and I need Him for my emotional and spiritual health. I can see now all those years when I thought I was the one in control He was there ALLOWING me. Total submission is not losing control itís gaining the knowledge that I am not alone.


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Jan Ackerson 02/09/06
Very nice devotional! To increase the impact of your last line, consider a dash between the words "control" and "it's".
Sue Stone02/10/06
This is one all of us aging folks can identify with. The commenter above was right about that last sentence. It'c technically a run-on, but it would be very effective with a dash, even more than making it two sentences.