The only thing you can control

What is the one thing over which you have complete control?

There is only one thing.

You can’t control what others think. You can’t control what others do. You can’t control how others treat you. You can’t control what others say. You can’t control what happens to you. You can’t even control your thoughts!

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:7-15), Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray and then has instructions for them on forgiveness.

Who do you need to forgive?

Here are my thoughts on the Gospel and on control.

And maybe a word or two about eating a good breakfast.


Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel:

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.

6 Responses to The only thing you can control

  1. hey Dave, when I eat oatmeal for breakfast, I’m starving two hours later. Do the almonds help with that? My go-to breakfast is granola, Greek yogurt and a sliced banana.

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    • Nicole, when I only have oatmeal for breakfast, I am starving an hour later! With every meal, try to have a lean protein, a starchy carbohydrate, and a fibrous carbohydrate. Eating sufficient protein and healthy fat helps with satiety. Yes, the almonds (or walnuts or pecans) will help.


  2. dkheeter says:

    Can’t control my thoughts? You got that right!

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  3. Irene Aprile says:

    Oatmeal… I had to check it in the dictionary and it’s a no-no for me :-P My breakfast consist of a cappuccino and five chocolate cookies (and they’re five because I count them before I sit down and then put away the package – laziness wins the battle every time so I don’t get up to get more).
    You’re right about how we can only control how we react to situations. I’m having quite a hard time at work, because there are a lot of things which are going wrong and I’m trying to make them right but it’s like bouncing against a rubber wall. However (I don’t want to bother you with the crazy dynamics of a small chemistry lab) I noticed that the way I react to these things that go wrong tends to change the situation one way or another. And when I try to use more sympathy (forgiveness is too big a word for me – I’m only human, and a resentful one lately) others are taken aback at first and then become more collaborative.
    Anyway I’m glad I can’t control my thoughts, they are a great relief valve and if I could control them I won’t be a fiction writer!

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  4. Thanks for your thoughts, Irene. I love what you wrote about being thankful you can’t control your thoughts because that helps your fiction writing. That made me smile.


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