It’s such a negative concept- losing a loved one, leaving a job, walking away from a relationship.
When we let something go, we are acknowledging its importance in our life and our new steps to distance ourselves from it, for both positive and negative reasons.
With our health, we hear of people letting themselves go, allowing their DQ Blizzard and Netflix binging habits to get the best of them. As my baby bump grows more into a baby knoll, I like to joke with people that I’ve let myself go.
But what if letting go could be the most liberating thing we did this week?
No, I’m not giving you permission to eat any leftover Halloween candy the trick-or-treaters don’t snag, nor am I giving you permission to raid your kiddos’ candy stashes once they go to bed tonight.
This week, I’m urging you to let go of what you value the most in your life- be it your spouse, your career, you children. Whether you like it or not, it may be the one thing keeping you from your relationship with God.
As Christians, when we enter to our relationship with Christ, we are giving up our old ways, our old ties, and accepting a new way of living our life; a one that is completely entrusted to the Lord. In fact, Romans 6:6 emphasizes that “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin”.
I’ve been a Christian for fifteen years now. While my faith has certainly deepened over the years, I think this is one area I fight on a daily basis. I don’t want to let go of old ways, of my old self.
It’s alarmingly easy for me to get caught up and mesmerized by things that aren’t glorifying and honoring to God every single day. Even things that are inherently great and from God- my husband, my home, my work, my growing son- can become dangerous if I place more value on them than my relationship with my Savior.
My so pastor so eloquently told us yesterday, “Hold lightly to what you value greatly because it doesn’t belong to you anyway.”
One area I struggle to wrap my mind around when contemplating my God is that He doesn’t allow for any gray areas. Me, on the other hand, am all about them. For example, I’m paleo but I enjoy dairy, crunchy peanut butter, and onion rings from time to time. Homework is due on Fridays in my classroom, yet I allow for occasional exceptions depending on the circumstances.
Gray areas happen, but they cannot happen in our faith.
Either we trust God above everything else or we don’t.
When I find myself courageous enough to let go and release a part of my life to Him one day, it seems as if I’m clinging to something else the next morning.
Just this weekend, I submitted my final assignment of my final class for my Master’s degree. I’m done with that bad boy, once and for all! But these past six weeks have been a challenge, certainly forcing me to let go of some things I once valued a little too much.
I had to come to the realization that life would go on if my floors were a little dirty, my papers not immediately graded, and my grocery lists not planned days in advance.
God is able to orchestrate both good and bad in our lives in order for us to better see His hand in our lives and how our faith must be in Him and in Him alone.
Because when it comes to our faith, there’s no middle ground. There’s no gray area. We either trust Him completely or not at all.
It reminds me of my first realization I was pregnant this past July. I was staring at the most tiny, faint, indiscernible second line on the pregnancy test, trying to interpret if I was or wasn’t pregnant. After taking about three more with the same half-faded second line, my husband and I concluded (thanks to the Google) that you cannot be partly pregnant- you’ve either got the pregnancy hormone in your system or you don’t.
This is just like our faith, y’all. We’re either all in or not in at all.
After surviving these past few weeks (thanks to His strength and grace), God has really opened my eyes to the fact that what I value in my life- my home, my husband, my job, my health, my son- needs to come second to the sweetness of knowing and experiencing Him.
In the end, y’all, there’s only one hope, and it is in Him. So today, this week, ask yourself what you need to let go of and ask God to give you the strength and courage to do so. While it’s a freeing feeling, it’s not one that may bring you joy at first. In fact, it may be a little painful.
Nonetheless, let go and let God take over.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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