I think sometimes we only think of letting go when it comes to BIG specific things, like a dream that didn’t come to life or an opportunity that didn’t turn out as we had wished. However, what if we were to “let go” more than just when we have to? Scroll down to read more!
If we make letting go a daily way of life, it will become habitual and natural to release the tight grip that we have on our own dreams, plans, and thoughts. Doing so will ease our burden and allow us to surrender control of our lives over to the One who is actually in control. “Letting go” can be a constant lifestyle and a forever frame of mind, versus just an act when you are in a situation or circumstance that forces you to let go. A yoga teacher once said during class, “Let go and let God”, and that has forever made an impact on my life. If we choose to live in a “let go” state, we open ourselves up to all that He is capable of doing! A few thoughts on how to actually do this…
–Praise Him each morning by praying, giving thanks, reading His Word, and turning on worship music as you get ready for the day;these things put the focus on Him versus ourselves and set our minds in a place that is open to His direction.
-When you start to feel stress over figuring something out, or obsession over an outcome, or worry over what could happen “if”…stop, breathe, and say out loud “Jesus, I give this to you. I lay it down.” Or something like that! It is amazing how the act of saying those words actually changes our mindset and causes peace to settle in.
–Keep Moving. This is a funny one because at the same time that we are to “move forward” we are also called to “be still” in waiting for His guidance and direction. Even though they sound opposite, they actually can be and should be lived out simultaneously. Read this previous post for more!
-If you feel like your mind can’t let go of something, journal about it or call a friend or family member to talk it out. I had a great conversation with a friend recently and she made a comment about letting things work themselves out, which is another aspect of letting go. Give things time to happen, but in the meantime, write down your thoughts and seek wise counsel.
We would love to hear your thoughts on letting go in the comments section! Here is a passage of scripture that we find so comforting and encouraging when it comes to letting go, surrendering, and trusting Him:
My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.
I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.
When you walk, you won’t be held back;
when you run, you won’t stumble.
Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life.
Proverbs 4:10-14 (NLT)
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