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Letting Go

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)

One of my all-time favorite books is, “Let God,” by Fenelon. I highly recommend it. The book taught me a very important truth many years ago: “The greater part of wisdom in life is knowing when to hang on and when to let go.”

Is there something in your life you need to release? Anger toward someone who hurt you? The pain of being misunderstood? A relationship that went sour? Maybe it's your kids.

People often ask me how to let go. Here are some things we need to understand. Letting go means that we...

  • Stop trying to control other people. More of us suffer from that than any other sickness.

  • Admit our powerlessness to change anyone but ourselves.

  • Invite God into the situation. We don’t give up on someone; we merely give them up to God. Big difference.

  • Accept others without judging.

  • Resist the urge to be overly-protective.

  • Grant others permission to think, feel and act differently than us.

  • Resign as General Manager of the universe.

  • Realize that no one has a a corner on truth. In fact, we may very well be wrong about a lot of things.

  • Refuse to value possessions over people.

  • Learn what’s "cancer" and what's "measles." Can I let you in on a little secret? Most of the stuff we worry about and overreact "measles."

  • Reject fear. Nervous is normal. Fear is a choice.

  • Learn to say, "I love you" without feeling embarrassed.

  • Make a permanent decision to see everything, overlook a lot and correct a little.

If you ever expect a greater amount of peace in your life, you’ll have to learn (and choose) to let go. There’s no Plan B. I ask you again...what, or who do you need to release? What do you need to surrender one last time. You can do it! Bow your head, say a prayer and ask God to help you...then let go. Release your grip, my friend.

Hear that sound? That's me...clapping and cheering for you!

#control #fear #releasing #lettinggo

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