When this idea of spending the next 31 days writing about letting go and letting God first came to me, I dismissed the idea. I’m terrible at letting go so why in the world would I write about it? But the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone.
I cling to things. Feelings, dreams, thoughts, people, opinions, beliefs, material things…I have a hard time letting go of them.
But Jesus tells us not to store up our treasures here on earth. He tells us that instead we should be laying up treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)
If I am clinging to the things of this world, I am not clinging to Jesus, and it is only in clinging to Jesus that I can find peace, joy and contentment.
In the last few years, I have had to confront my tendency to cling to the things of this world. I have lost jobs, dreams, relationships, and material things. I have dealt with anger, depression, fear, low self-esteem, and a myriad of other emotions. I have struggled with secondary post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to please everyone.
Letting go is hard. It is easy to say but difficult to do.
And in learning about how to let go, I have been learning about letting God work. He has been teaching me that when I let go then He can step in and do His work whether it is in me (which is admittedly the norm) or for me or through me.
Letting go means that I have to take my eyes off of myself and place them on Jesus. It means getting out of my own way. It means allowing Him to teach me, to love me, to transform me, and to use me.
So for the next 31 days will you join me as I learn to let go. Are you ready and willing to let the Lord work in your life?