Circle of Control

“…conduct yourselves worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory…” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13)

Do you want to get depressed? I suggest you watch the daily news program on TV. I did just that the other night and the effect on me was predictable.

Here is the usual menu on late night news:



New diseases

Economic meltdown

Crime rate up

Global warming

Showbiz couples breaking up (Hmmm, maybe I should stop there.)

Sometimes, one can’t help but be anxious and wonder.

What does the future hold for us and our children? The more we think of it, the more it scares us. And that is why today’s first reading offers us an important tip on how to live one’s life in these uncertain times.

There are two things in life which are definitely beyond our control: the past and the future.

For instance, if you invest your money in a business which did not work out, you can no longer “un-invest” it. It’s done. Over. Gone.

In the same way, if you want to be able to travel around the world one day, you can work hard for it only to find out that you have cancer and has only a few weeks to live.

But while the past and the future is beyond your control, it is something you can manage. How? By focusing on your circle of control.

So what is your circle of control?

Answer: The present.

What you do with your time. What values you will protect. What attitude to take in very situation. What to believe in.

In the reading today, Paul focused on the present. He didn’t tell people to be wearied of their past or worried about their future. Instead, he told them to focus on the way they conduct themselves in the present.

He said: 

“…conduct yourselves worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory…” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13)

Live righteously. Work diligently. Be fair at all times. Love the people God has given you. Choose to be happy. Aim for eternity.

These are things within your control. Focus on them. If you do, the past cannot haunt you, and the future cannot harass you. Give both your past and your future to God. 

Give them to Him who is always in control.

I remain,



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