Yesterday’s message …
- Started a series on a book that I have avoided for 28 years: Esther;
- Continued a recent trend of devoting July to overlooked sections of the Old Testament; in 2014 it was “Lost & Found” from I Kings 17-19; in 2015 it was “On The Up And Up” from the Songs Of Ascent in Psalm 120-135; in 2016 it was “Crash Test Dummies” from Judges; and last year it was “Unhappy Campers” from Exodus and Numbers;
- Featured a sixty second teaching snippet from Dr. Michael Brown;
- Drew many connections between family dynamics, recovery, and the ancient story that is Esther;
- Landed at this bottom line: People control you when they can’t control themselves.
Here’s something that I know most of us if not all of us have in common: we’ve been around Control Freaks. Those people in our lives who – often with good intentions – do their best to control their environment, their situations, their surrounding, and … the behavior of their friends and their family. Your behavior. I’ve got more than a little of this in me, especially when it comes to controlling my environment & surroundings. Like I ALWAYS wear two pair of socks (at the same time, one for comfort, one for grown up look), I ALWAYS eat the same thing for lunch, I ALWAYS have a cup of water up here with me. This control gives me security, as in, if I can control THIS HERE, I can thrive OVER THERE.