Letting go is one of the hardest life lessons:
- letting go of worry when your newborn baby has his first cold;
- letting go of fear when your teen finally gets her license and drives off in the car unsupervised for the first time;
- letting go of your grown children when they leave the nest;
- letting go of parents who die in old age;
- letting go of always having things your way when you’re married;
- letting go of old thought patterns that are unhealthy so you can think new, positive ones;
- letting go of disappointments and unfulfilled dreams;
- letting go of unforgiveness;
- letting go of failures so you can grow and learn through them and push on through to success;
- even letting go of achievements so that you won’t keep looking in yesteryear’s mirror and forget to focus on today’s opportunities
For recovering control freaks like me, letting go is especially hard. We love to try to fix (control) things ourselves. To let go means surrender and becoming vulnerable, which is scary. Letting go is not easy. But it really all boils down to faith. Do we trust God or not? God is in control, not us.
One of the best books I’ve read on the topic of letting go is by Regina Baker called How To Let Go and Let God. In this delightful and insightful, 21-page ebook, you will be blessed to read Regina’s nuggets of wisdom from her own “letting go” experiences, such as when there was no baby’s heartbeat heard by the nurse when Regina was delivering and later when her husband passed away. God taught Regina about letting go from the Word of God coming alive to her, teaching her spirit.
The book is petite and powerful, and can be read quickly in one sitting. It has deep insights from God’s word and her own life, and humor that you will love, such as giving God something at the altar and picking it right back up as soon as you leave. Regina challenges you that you have to first start with the man or the woman in the mirror when it comes to letting go and letting God. And it’s not just a cliche’. Regina teaches you how to let go.
She confronts you on not blaming God when things don’t happen the way you want, but rather saying (and meaning it!), “Father, not my will, but Yours be done.” One of the things Regina shared that was so powerful was that we don’t need to play around with God. You can’t take just bits and pieces of the Bible, the ones you approve of and like. All of God’s word is truth; all must be obeyed. When you do that, you will experience great peace.
Are you letting go? In what area of your life today do you need to “let go and let God?” Leave your comments below. Mine would be too much worry over our children or over finances at times. But God has all things in His strong, loving hands!
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