Who's in Charge Around Here?

by Stan Mitchell
peacefulscene.jpg“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
“How does Ellen do it?” Jill wondered. Her friend had lost her husband to a heart attack, fought with a dozen lawyers to get her share of the will (her oldest daughter, to whom she was estranged had tried to get it all), then she lost her job due to the false accusations of a colleague. Yet Ellen was always serene, seemingly above the grit and grime of life’s battles. Her attitude was positive, her responses classy, her demeanor unfailingly friendly.
“I don’t get it. How does she do it?” Jill wondered. “It just doesn’t make sense that someone could keep on going this way when she has suffered so much tragedy.”
Of course Ellen’s contentment was due not to what happened to her, but who she was. She was a Christian, serving her Lord and those around her. Her reactions did not come from what others did to her, but from that primary relationship.
It was, in a word, her peace that was beyond explanation, beyond understanding, from God.
You can’t control what happens to you, but if you let him, God can control you!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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