One of the most freeing things a leader can realize and accept is how little control we really have when it’s all said and done.
I think all leaders-whether they’re pastors, principals, parents, or some other profession (preferably one that starts with a p)-live under the illusion that we have more control than we actually do.
Every day something happens to remind me:
Ultimately, the only person I can control is me. I can provide guidance, prayer, support, or correction in many situations-but in the end, the only constant I am 100% in command of is my response-
At first this revelation will wreak havoc on your control freak psyche.
But give it a minute to kick in, and it starts to feel pretty good. Takes some of the pressure off.
Since the only thing I can control is me, I don’t have to obsess about the motivations and intentions of anyone else.
In fact, I don’t have time to obsess about these things. I’ve got to oversee me.
And I don’t know about you, but Steven Furtick is a full time job.