Happy Friday! We want to brighten your weekend with some encouraging scripture and thoughts that have inspired us in the past few days! We also hope this week’s challenge will make you more aware of God’s ever-present love and care for you.
Your friends at Mindful,
~ Paul and Matt
Letting go is to cease holding on tightly to anything that controls and robs us of our peace of mind. It is a conscious decision to release and no longer cling to a person, event, a particular line time, or even a desire. It is the ability to identify and release what we have no power to control. By letting go we release ourselves from being held hostage to something that may never change.
A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:6 (NLT)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
The wisdom from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament still applies today. There is truly a season for everything in life and that includes a time to hold on and a time to let go. Unfortunately, we often get stuck holding on to false hopes, unrealistic expectations and desires in our lives. All of us struggle with thoughts taking up space in our minds that seem difficult to release to God. Those of you in recovery will know the life-giving wisdom found in the serenity prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Living a life of freedom takes serenity and courage and wisdom. It also requires trusting God.
Make some time over the next few days to journal and pray. Be honest with yourself and then release what you cannot control into the loving arms of God. You will discover that in the light of Christ’s love, you can view your heartaches, fears, unforgiveness, bitterness or insecurities from a new perspective. Let the coming days be the time to heal as you surrender the things that weigh you down. May this begin a healing season of letting go.
Paul Bane & Matt Litton