There are times in life when we need to let go. Let go of things, people, dreams, attitudes. It’s not easy, especially when they have been a part of our lives for years.
For instance, I was a singer for over 50 years. It was a dream that became a profession, a hobby, a fulfilling ministry. I even made a recording when I was 70, realizing it would be my last one. I’ve struggled over the last ten years to sing once in a while, but it hasn’t gone well. A few days ago I burst into tears, finally dealing with the emotion of letting that part of my identity go.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I let go of our dream to live out the rest of our lives in Colorado. It wasn’t practical. Especially when our daughter and son-in-law in Kansas offered us a beautiful place to live in with them. In sizing down, though, I sorted through a whole plastic bin of house ideas and plans I had collected, hoping to build a cabin in the mountains someday. When our daughter got home, I showed her what I had done and announced that my dreams were in the trash. She had the wisdom to remind me of a song I used to sing called “Words of Praise” by Ken Medema. One of the phrases says: “When the life I wanted gives way to one much better…”
That’s what happens when our identity is wrapped up in following Christ. As the saying goes: “When He closes one door, He opens another.” And now I am finding that my identity isn’t being a singer, but a servant. Isn’t that what our Lord wants? He showed us how to serve those around us in many different ways and capacities. And He promised to reward us in eternity, not necessarily now.
What have you let go of? Whatever it is, I hope it’s not the desire to serve the Savior who let go of heaven to come to earth for us. His dream was for eternity – that many would be rescued from the grip of death to live with Him forever in His glorious kingdom.
Is there something you are gripping that needs to be let go? There’s freedom in release. And there’s joy in replacing it with God’s best plan for your life. Are you willing to surrender even good things for something better?