Monday, October 13, 2003

[Letting Go: The Daily Struggle]

I started something like this in the comments of an earlier blog, and then I realized that it was too big for comments.

We have to let go. Of what? Of our past, of our pains, of our weaknesses, of our disbelief, of our pride, of our sins, of our selfish desires, of our hatred, of our discrimination, and of our legalism when it becomes more important than our faith. This is a daily struggle. Each day, we need to rise up and give these over to God and let Him deal with it. We can't just do this once a week or once a month and expect it to give us the go-ahead for the remainder of the time. Each day, these things pile up in our lives, and unless we take up the cross of Christ and let Him deal with our own little trappings of daily life and circumstance, it's going to pile up and crush us. You know what I'm talking about from experience, whether you admit it or not. You may have made some headway in getting closer to the point of getting past it, but it's still there, and you still have had to struggle with it. We all do. Take comfort in knowing you're not alone, but rather in good company; but realize that it's your choice whether you hold on to it or give it to God. And believe me, the latter choice contains a whole lot more peace and joy.

Lord Jesus, take my pains and my selfish desires from me. Show me Your holy will and help me to follow wherever You lead me. I surrender myself to You alone. In Jesus's name, Amen.

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