As the holiday season approaches, I’ve been reminded of holding things loosely, a principle the Lord has been teaching me the last several years. I’ve been reminded of this, again, as I’ve worked hard cases this week and have helped my own children navigate through life. I’ll share this again, because I’ve needed to hear it.
We put a lot of time and energy into things of this world.
Things having no eternal value,
yet are part of our lives.
Time spent on responsibilities
time spent on things we enjoy
time and energy into things we glean joy from
and things we deem useless.
Hold these things loosely.
It may be our job, our home, our hobbies
Our hopes and dreams for ourselves or our children
The things bringing us the greatest joy
Hold them loosely.
It may be our children
Decisions made by others we don’t think is best
Hold it loosely.
Hold it loosely so if it’s blown away
or snatched away
or given away
there is peace in letting go.
Not grasping, clenching so tight
the natural order cannot take it’s course
desperate to hold on to what may not be ours to begin with
if we believe everything is truly the Lords.
Hold on loosely
Trusting the Giver
more than loving the gift.
Trusting Him to place something in your hand
much greater than what He took.
Leaving your hand open for the opportunity.
Lord, Jesus, place in our hands that which You desire
and that alone.
Brenda L. Yoder, author