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Matt. 6:27 - 27Which of you by worrying can add
one cubit to his stature?
Matt. 5:36 - 36Nor shall you swear by your head,
because you cannot make one hair white or black.
Eccl. 9:11 - 11I returned and saw under the sun that
the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the
strong, nor bread...
The Things I Can Control
• My enjoyment of God’s physical gifts
(Jas. 1:17; Eccl. 2:24; 8:15; 1 Tim. 6:6-8)
• My enjoyment of my marriage
(Eccl. 9:...
• The content of my thoughts
(Phil. 4:8; Psa. 119:9-16; Luke 6:45)
• My response to temptations
(1 Cor. 10:13; Eph. 4:26-2...
The Things I Can Control
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I ca...
Prov. 3:5-6 - 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding; 6In all
your ways acknowledg...
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Things I Can Control

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Things I Can Control

  1. 1. Matt. 6:27 - 27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
  2. 2. Matt. 5:36 - 36Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
  3. 3. Eccl. 9:11 - 11I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. Jas. 4:13-15 - 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
  4. 4. The Things I Can Control
  5. 5. • My enjoyment of God’s physical gifts (Jas. 1:17; Eccl. 2:24; 8:15; 1 Tim. 6:6-8) • My enjoyment of my marriage (Eccl. 9:9; Prov. 5:15-20; 18:22) • My enjoyment of being single (1 Cor. 7:7-8, 32-35) • My determination to work hard (Eccl. 9:10; Col. 3:22-24; Eph. 5:15-16; Eccl. 12:1) The Things I Can Control
  6. 6. • The content of my thoughts (Phil. 4:8; Psa. 119:9-16; Luke 6:45) • My response to temptations (1 Cor. 10:13; Eph. 4:26-27; Jas. 4:7-8) • My response to God’s love (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; John 3:16; Acts 17:32-34; Acts 2:37-38) • My course of action right now (2 Cor. 6:1-2; Acts 24:24-25; 22:16) The Things I Can Control
  7. 7. The Things I Can Control God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. --Reinhold Niebuhr
  8. 8. Prov. 3:5-6 - 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

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