The Managed Life vs. The Unmanaged Life
There is always something. I know you think that if you can just complete this project, solve this problem, or navigate through the crisis of the moment you will finally find some rest and peace. You’ll feel in control.
But it never stops. There’s always something. On this side of heaven, your life will always involve difficulties, challenges, problems, suffering, pain, emergencies, and unsolved mysteries.
We constantly face the great temptation to live a “managed life,” a life we can adequately manage and handle. A life of control. There is no such thing. It’s an illusion, a dangerous trap, and one of Satan’s oldest tricks (the lie told in the Garden of Eden was a seductive call to live as Lord of your own life).
Give it up. Living a managed life isn’t much of an adventure anyways.
Instead, God invites us to live an “unmanaged life,” a life that he manages from his throne in heaven where we get to trust him with our somethings, our difficulties, and our tomorrows. Yes, God calls us to bring order to chaos and live intentional lives that bring health to an unhealthy and disordered world. But he has not called us to attempt to play God of our lives, which is what most of us try to do all day long.
There’s always something. Perhaps the “something” in your life right now is there to either gently or abrasively remind you to give up trying to manage everything and to start living in a whole new way, a way powered by the faith and trust of a little child.