This is part three in my series on “Embracing the simple joy of Christmas”. You can find the other posts here:
“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” – Steve Maraboli
This is not at all the post I had set out to write tonight. I had conjured up something grand in my own mind, something that would make you pause and reflect. But as I sat down to write, nothing came. No words would make their way into my head in order for me to form concise sentences. I starred at a blank screen for what seemed like hours, and I feared I would not finish this mini series on the simple joys of Christmas.
And then it came, ever so gently, “let go”.
And there it was, so simple yet so profound.
And so I let go of my idea to create amazing content, something that would possibly measure up to all of the beautiful posts of Advent I’ve been reading over the last week or so. And still, here I sit, hoping that you will grab a hold of this simple joy, the joy in letting go.
We want to hang onto things, to see things through to completion, to not fall short. Yet, sometimes we hold on so tightly that we do not realize that what we hold in the palm of our hand is the very thing hat He calls us to release. God will never pry our hands open. He simply waits for us to come to Him, with open hearts and open hands.
We must come empty in order to receive Him fully.
Today, I am letting go of the need to be perfect. I shipped a gift to a friend today, hand made, and far from perfect. I held on to it for weeks, and even tried to fix it, to make it perfect, only to create a mess. And the fear of my lack of perfect sat in. But I was obedient because I know that even still, God will be seen in this imperfect gift. Because it was made with love. Because it reflects His glory. Because it will encourage. Imperfect? Yes. And then I am reminded that in my weakness, He is made strong.
Today, I am letting go of the need to perform. I want to hear that I am doing a good job, as wife, mom, employee. I want to know that I have done well. Yet most days there is no one singing my praises, and so I turn to the One worthy of praise and I lift my voice and I tell Him that He is worthy to receive all praise, all glory. I am nothing without Him. I am all that I am because of Him. I don’t need to perform to gain the approval of others. I already have His approval. That’s all that matters.
Today, I am letting go of the need to please. So closely related to the need to perform, I must not live my life to make others happy. For in doing so, I miss the mark. I was not put on this earth to please those around me, but I was put here to bring honor, pleasure and glory to the King of Kings. If what I do pleases Him, then I’ve arrived.
Today, I am letting go of the need to pretend. There, I’ve admitted it. I’m not always honest, especially with myself. And although the words you will read here are the honest truth, I hold back. I hold back hurt, pain, my messy life, and in doing so I pretend to have it all together. My life must be real and transparent, because this is how I want to be before Him. He already knows it all, sees it all. I do not have to pretend to be something I am not with Him. And so I will open my heart and allow Him to pull from the depths of my soul, and in sharing my reality — no matter how messy or mundane, others might be set free.
It’s freeing this letting go. I have so much more room to take Him in and rest in the simple joy of all that He brings.
How about you my friend? What are you finding the need to let go of?
Linking up with Emily for Tuesdays Unwrapped.