Letting Go

rockMy nephew stays with us sometimes. He is nine years old and a very clever, smart, little boy. I take him to ride bikes at a nearby park or for a walk or to the lake and he always finds something he wants to take home with him. It’s always a rock or a shell…sometimes it’s a bug.

Recently, we were riding bikes at a nearby park. It was the first time I took him on a long bike ride. He wanted to pack toys and a net to catch fish at the creek. I explained to him that it will become tiresome to carry all those things around as you ride a bike. He reluctantly decided to leave all the stuff at home.
However, that did not stop him from finding cool little treasures while on the bike ride. At a rest stop he combed the ground for tiny treasures. He found “gold” or what he called a crystal rock. It glistened in the sun and he determined that he must carry it home. He did not have pockets so he held it in his hand.
If you have ever tried to ride a bike uphill with one hand you would know how difficult it was for this little boy to steer his bike with one hand and hang onto that rock in the other. He tried with all his might to steer forward. But, the bike wheel could not stay straight without both hands. Just when he would get the handlebars straight he would have to stop and place the rock in the other hand. He struggled for some time before I finally put it in my pocket.

This story made me think about how many things we hang onto that steer us in the wrong direction or do not allow God to steer us in the right direction.
We tie God’s hands. He does direct us but we cannot follow, heed or listen to His direction because we refuse to let go of some ungodly thing.
This may be a habit, a mind-set, a sin, or an attitde.
Why don’t we let go?
1. Could be important to us. Sometimes a mind set is important because we have not yet dealt with whether it is wrong or right. It belongs to our sense of self and therefore must stay.
2. It is comfortable. In some way we believe we might “lose” something if we give it up.
3. We don’t realize it’s there. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. What may be apparent to “outsiders looking in” is not seen by those of us too close to the situation.
How to let go?
1. Self-awareness is a start. To know that you are carrying that rock in your hand and it is not good. Although it is not always a strength for everyone at all times. Even those of us that think we are very self aware may not realize some tendancies, habits, attitudes or sin.
2. Honesty with ourselves. Sometimes we don’t want to admit our shortcomings. Sometimes they stem from painful situations in our past that we don’t want to deal with.
3. Ask yourself “WHY don’t I want to let go?”. The answer may surprise you.

Is the rock more important than the ride?
My nephew had to make a choice: put down the rock and enjoy the riding or hold onto it and struggle barely moving forward.
Life is the ride. Is the rock preventing you from doing, becoming what God wants? Does it prevent growth spiritually or personally? Does it hinder obedience to God? Does it prevent you from moving forward in your relationship or walk with God?

How many times have I been stuck in a season of my life and prayed for God to deliver me. What seemed like forever wallowing in self pity or reading and praying would finally lead me to realize there was something in my heart that needed to be healed. Many times I needed to let go of something that I clinged to that was not good for me. I seemed to walk in the desert aimlessly holding onto a rock that was slowing down my journey.

Phil 3:13-15 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

1. Repent for hanging onto things that are displeasing to God or hinder his work in your life.
2. Forgive yourself
3. Ask God to reveal things in your life that you do not need to hold onto anymore.
4. Take action…let it go…stop doing it with His help of course you can let it go.

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