In order to grow, we must be willing to give up the things that hold us back.
Posted in , Apr 6, 2017
It has been said that those who are willing to give up the most, gain the most. While most of us believe this to be true, we are hesitant to apply it to our lives. People like to hold onto things. Unfortunately, most of what we hold onto is materialistic.
I remember when my brother-in-law passed away. Some of us went to his apartment to sort out his belongings. It wasn’t long before we realized that most of the items that were important to him had little value to us. He was the most important thing to us, and his belongings wouldn’t bring him back.
It isn’t only physical stuff that we cling to. We hold on to things emotionally, spiritually and mentally.
In 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wasn’t a good candidate for chemo. I took tamoxifen instead and gave my trouble to God—just as Dr. Peale suggested in his book, "Thought Conditioners". Since then I’ve remained cancer free. -Guideposts Magazine reader
Our hearts are heavy because we are unable to forgive someone who has hurt us. Jealously and resentment keep us from loving others. Our heart aches for the love that we lost or never had. And the past may keep us from enjoying the present.
In order to grow, we must be willing to give up the things that hold us back. Jesus said, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
Giving up and letting go opens the way for us to truly be free and happy. What are you willing to give up in order to grow in faith and life?
Lord, help us to not be bound by anything but Your love.