Life has a way of making us realize we are not in control. Each day brings challenges and trials that we think we can manage but it is a false sense of security. We are too weak to overcome the battles on our own (see Ephesians 6:12).
We fall short of God's glory (Psalm 14:3) then try to apply our faulty, human efforts in a battle that is far beyond our physical reach. In our own minds, we think, "I know how to fix this" or "I bet this would take care of that issue." When in truth, anything good that we can accomplish is only that which is generated by God from the very beginning (Psalm 16:2)
If I will start each effort focused on God's desire first, I can at least start off in the right direction. If in my daily, hourly, second-by-second existence, I devote my whole heart (that means my mind, body and soul) to trusting in what God has said, then even when I stumble or fall down along the way, I will know that I am moving toward the purpose of Jesus (Romans 8:17).
With full likeness of Jesus as my destination, the journey through life is meant to bring me joy beyond comprehension (John 10:10). I just have to set my mind on giving up on what I think is best in trade for what He knows is best. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
LORD, although my road is starting out rough, I have chosen to follow you! (Joshua 24:15)