Let Go

Today I have really been thinking about what it means to Let Go. How letting go of something can actually prepare you for so much more….

Some of you need to stop what you’re doing right now and just Let go. Whatever it is you’ve been hanging on to with all your might or even if just by a thread, you need to stop. Breathe. Pray, and just Let Go.

The reality that you may or may not want to hear, but that you already know, is that whatever you have to hold on to too tightly, probably isn’t meant for you. You have to live with open hands to have a full heart. It’s really that simple my friends, I promise. We live in a world that over complicates everything, and if we let it, it will run us straight into the ground.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:21‬ ‭

While you are desperately holding on to that person, that habit, that status, that job, that dollar, you are most definitely missing out on some of the most beautiful things that are meant just for you. ~ That peace, that love, that hope, that joy, that wonder.

For who has time for a glorious sunset when their mind is focused on the person who treats them as if they should be in the dark? Or who has time to go on a long walk through the beautiful trees when they’re tripping over how to escape reality? How can we take the time to experience the contagious laughter of a precious child when we are clocking in another sixty-five hour work week? When do you really enjoy all the things you already have if all you worry about is collecting more things to have? When does it ever end? The useless comparisons? The cloudy fog of an addictive habit? The endless days of living to work, of chasing a person who doesn’t want to be caught, of wanting what wasn’t meant for you, instead of opening up to what is? When does the hurt stop? The worry? The fear? ~ It stops when you finally decide to Let Go.

Do you want more out of life? Do you want better? Then quit holding on with all your might and open up your hands. You have to Let Go.

Visualize it now, all your worries, all your problems, all your sadness and despair, debt, addiction, troubles, all of it, picture holding it up, holding it out and letting it all go. Let Go of the image, the pain, the self medicating, the worries and the fear. Hold up the thoughts and the behaviors that keep you captive and just Let Go. Give all of it away to the One who wants to give you more than what you are clinging to, or just settling for.

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬

You have someone who cares for you when others do not. You have someone who never looks down on you, who thinks you are worthy and beautiful, who wants for you freedom, and joy. You have somebody who wants to take on your burdens, instead of you taking on the whole world by yourself. He wants success for YOU. If only you would just Let Go of your version of that success!

This world has it so backwards. More is not the key to happiness. No amount of money, or attention, or booze, or drugs, meaningless sex, or popularity will ever fill an empty heart. It will never be in scoring another hit, chasing another loser, making more money to live less, or competing with all the images you are bombarded with on the daily.

No, true success will only be found when you learn to Let Go. Living with open hands not only frees you from what you do not need, but allows for you to receive what you truly do. This world doesn’t have much peace to offer, but we have a Savior who offers us EVERYTHING.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭

He offers that peace. Hope. Love. Joy. Life. When you Let Go you open yourself up to receive. There is an opening of the eyes, and an opening of the heart, and when it all comes rushing in, there is a feeling of indescribable fullness, a completeness that nothing else can compare to. I know because I’ve lived it.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1‬ ‭

The other day I had a memory, a flashback of a sort, of a fishing trip with my grandfather, when I was 10. We were fishing off a bridge in Pensacola, Florida. My grandfather had this pole, it was red, it seemed as if was bigger than me, which wasn’t saying much because I was a tiny little thing. I remember my excitement when he let me hold on to it, line cast out to the sea, while he was talking to another fisherman. My pure joy at holding something so fancy, and my only instruction was not to let it go. Well I got a bite, and it liked to have pulled me over the side of that bridge. The tension of the weight on the line bent the pole drastically and suddenly, and the next thing I know it was pulling me towards the side of that bridge. Before I knew it I had planted both of my feet on the concrete wall, and I was screaming for help. All I could think about was losing my Papa’s pole, and I was going to be pulled over and out to sea, before I was going to Let Go. Literally I was going to let my fear of letting go pull me off to my death. Lucky for me, that didn’t happen, and my grandfather and father noticed before I toppled over the side. Taking the pole and taking over, they pulled up the culprit who I had been battling, a sting ray much stronger than me. Later, after the excitement and chaos of the moment, I remember being asked, why didn’t I just Let Go? My Papa told me I was more important than that pole, but stubbornly I didn’t want to disappoint him. Thankfully I was forced to Let Go, holding on until I couldn’t, and then rescued when somebody stronger than I took over. I never could have caught that fish on my own, and there are problems to this day that NONE of us can handle on our own, and that’s okay! We need somebody stronger. We have to learn to Let Go and Let God.

I’ve Let Go of hurtful people, habits, addictions, actions and behaviors. I’ve Let Go of money, and of jobs who cost me my peace. I’ve Let Go of what wasn’t for me and started looking for what was, simply by living with open hands and an open heart.

What has been taken from me is guilt and pain and what I have been given is hope and peace. I have so much more now that I have less, which sounds impossible, but when you live it, it’s truly a gift. And it will only happen if you learn to Let Go.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭

I hope that whatever you are holding on to that is causing you pain, that you learn to let go of it, and that you do so today.

~I pray for you to have open hands and an open heart so that you can experience the fullness of the glory of God, and the unique hope that Jesus died for, to give to YOU. I pray that you give Him your heart, surrender your troubles and be blessed with the joy of everything He will give to you in return, as you experience your amazing purpose.~ Amen

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:8‬ ‭

As always, God Bless,

❤️ Ray ❤️

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“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:32‬

“The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭69:33‬ ‭

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:3‬ ‭

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭

 “The Lord bless you and keep you;”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭


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