The Power of Letting Go

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. -Mark Twain

Life can sometimes be brutal.  I’ve felt the sting of too many kicks this week.  And at some point along the way, I got angry.  Why was everything happening at once?  Why was the work I was putting in seemingly never enough?  Why does there have to be tension?

God, in His wisdom, gives us each a “breaking point”…the inner battle that tells us we must “Let Go and Let God.”  Hot tears stung my cheeks as I hit my own breaking point and realized that the only way I was going to make it through this was to do both.  How merciful is our Lord that even in our weakness, He reminds us He is strong.  In those moments of relinquishing my need for control, God reminded me of these things:

The goal is not to make everyone happy-Far too often, I fall in the pit of trying to get everything done and keeping everyone happy.  Not only is it impossible, but our role in life is a far higher calling than burning daylight striving for the approval of people.  If  we are serving Him well, the rest more easily falls into place.

Letting go doesn’t mean giving in-In our desire to be right, we can lose sight of what’s most important.  This week, letting go of some things, even when I haven’t fully agreed, made more sense than trying to prove a point.  Sometimes “Okay” is the smartest word we can use.

Saying “I’m Sorry” covers a multitude of sins-There are times when it’s hard to apologize.  We feel wronged or slighted, and the last thing we want to do is say “I’m sorry.”  But there’s so much power in those two little words.  They erase tension, breathe fresh air into discussions, and open the door to reconnection.  I found myself apologizing today…it was needed to get things back on track and as soon as I uttered them, I felt better and so did the other person.

I fight the need for control of…well, everything in my life…fairly often.  But God continues to show me the power of letting go.

Question: When life is knocking you down, how do you fight back?

8 thoughts on “The Power of Letting Go

  1. (sarcasm) I’ve NEVER had a bunch of trials and troubles hit me at once before! I’ve had the easy Christian walk! (/end sarcasm)

    Oh man…fighting back when life knocks you down. I finally reached the point where I couldn’t get back up and that’s when God did some of his best work within me. I wish sometimes we could learn the hardest lessons without the hardest lessons.

  2. This has definitely been a lesson for me in the last year or so. I don’t come from a family who says sorry, so I’ve had to learn it the hard way. It’s hard when you’re the only one conceding but def not the only one in the wrong. I’ve just been reminding myself that God is my avenger and my job is to make myself better and “put on peace” every day. God will take care of the rest. (some days I have to say this 1000 times…)

    Great post, Jen. Being an adult was supposed to mean we had it all figured out by now. : ) ha!

    1. Jen,

      I can relate to that–growing up where a fight broke out but then it was just over and never discussed definitely shaped that fear of being wrong. But I love that phrase of “putting on peace” each day…you do it so well. And make me laugh way more than any one person oughta be able to 🙂

  3. Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for speaking from your heart. Thanks for your gentle reminder to release that “tug -of-war” rope so we can “Let go and let God”

    Letting go is an act of faith.

    When life’s unexpected surprises knock me to the ground, I stay there for awhile and pray. God provides the inner strength to stand again and walk confidently in His grace. His promises are my stepping stones.

    “‘I know the plans I have for you… (Jennifer Deshler, Margaret McSweeney, and anyone else reading this)’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11 (Our names inserted for emphasis).

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom, Jennfer. May I post your blog on the Pearl Girls website?

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