Entering into a new year fills us with hope. We think about the things we want to accomplish in our lives, dreams that are in our hearts, or goals we want to work towards. Often times we look at what we can add to our lives, such as exercising more or learning something new. But we can also approach it from another aspect by analyzing what we might let go of.
A few weeks ago I was reading from If We Could Have Coffee which is a devotional by Holley Gerth. I highlighted something that spoke to me. She said, “…life is not meant to be so full of burdens that you can’t enjoy what your heavenly Father wants to give you. When your arms and heart and life are so full, how can you receive from him? Let some of it go. Just lay it down.” (I love this devotional, by the way. Each entry is short, yet full of meaning. It has helped me to draw closer to God and remember how much He loves His children.)
The next day I read a blog post by Caralyn Collar, over at Beauty Beyond Bones. She said something that also jumped out at me. In her post The Liberation of Less, Caralyn talked about one weekend when her mom was visiting her and they tackled the daunting task of cleaning closets. (As a wannabe minimalist, this post immediately pulled me in!) But the line that really jumped out at me was this, “If we’re clenching our fists around things of the past, either out of fear or another unhealthy attachment, it prevents us from living with hands open to receiving what God has to give us.” (And by the way, this blog is one that I always get insight out of. Caralyn has a true gift with words, as she discusses an array of meaningful topics. Best of all, she stands up for TRUTH in our wayward world.)
This was one of those times when I felt that the Lord was nudging me. These two quotes spoke to me and reminded me that we need to let things go in order to receive what God has in store for us.
Letting go will look differently for each of us. And in the changing seasons of our own lives, letting go will have different facets as well. So it’s important to approach this prayerfully. Ask God to reveal to you what you might need to let go of.
Are you clinging too tightly to having control over certain things?
Are you holding onto pride or perfectionism?
Are there any idols in your heart that need to go?
Is your past a roadblock in your life?
Do you hang onto worries instead of handing them to God?
These are just some examples. There are so many things that we might hold onto a bit too tightly. But as noted in the two quotes above, if our hands are wrapped around the wrong things, we can’t grab hold of the things that God wants to hand us. He always has the best in store for us. I hope you will join me and prayerfully seek God’s guidance on anything that you might need to let go of in your life.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
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