This week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (late again): March 22, 2020

Many years ago, when I was a young lawyer, I learned a lesson about control from my equally young secretary, Mary Lou. Mary Lou and I had been working together for a couple years. She was my right arm when it came to getting things done. I trusted her to basically manage my practice. But though I trusted her, when I was out of the office, I would call to make sure everything was “under control”. I called even when I was on vacation. One day, while I was on vacation, I called in. “Hi, Mary Lou. What’s going on? Any mail? Any calls?” Silence. Then, her reply. “Jeff, do you think I’m an idiot?” Uh oh. Me: “Um … No. Why would you ask that?” Mary Lou: “You seem to think I can’t do my job. You seem to think I don’t know when I need to call you about something that can’t wait. If something needs your immediate attention, I will call you. OK?” Me: “OK, then.” What I learned is that the world of my law practice was not going to hell in a handbasket in my absence. There was someone could keep things going even when I was not there. From that time on, I have followed that advice. I am sure there are others out there who have those same tendencies. “If I do not have my hand on the controls, things will crash and burn.” But those circumstances are rare, and usually there is someone to let you know that you need to resume the controls. But now there is the coronavirus pandemic. We who like to have control – don’t. There is nothing we can do to control its spread or its end or its cure. And so, we are anxious, angry and frustrated. How can we find some relief? We need to let go of control. Does the Bible say anything about giving up control in such times? Let’s talk about it on Sunday, March 22. Pastor Jeff will preach “Let it go – Control” on Facebook live at 9:30am. The message will be recorded so you can watch it later in the day if you are unavailable at 9:30. Tune in and join the virtual JMPC community. We will look forward to your “click”.

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