None of us want to be considered a quitter or someone who just gives up! I am the kind of person who wants to cling tenaciously to something, someone, some project until the last strand of hope is completely and absolutely gone. I don’t like giving up! But sometimes it is not simply a matter of giving up something – it is really a case of letting go. In my view there is a significant difference between giving up and letting go.
When I give up, I quit because:
· I don’t want to put any more effort into a relationship, a project, a job or a calling.
· I am scared
· I am tired
· I have lost interest
· I couldn’t care
· I don’t have passion
· I am discouraged
· I feel like a failure
· I don’t believe in myself
· I think people don’t believe in me
· Things have not panned out as I wanted them to
· Finance is an issue
· I have never finished anything I started!
These are some of the reasons why we sometimes give up!
Letting go is something quite different. One of the most touching stories in the Bible, is the narrative of Moses and his mother Jochebed. I am sure as a mother, it was not easy to let that basket go floating down the Nile River – yet, she knew that when she let go, her son would find his destiny and so would the entire nation of Israel. She was not giving up – she was deliberately and consciously letting go!
When I let go, I let go because:
· I have given careful consideration to all my options
· I have the strength to let go
· I understand letting go is the best option for me and for others
· I want to move on with my life
· I want others to move on and succeed
· I want my life to count
· I know God has a plan for my life
· I know His plan is a good one
· I know holding on is not doing me any good
· I do not worry about what people think
· I want to do what is right and pleases God
· I want to be free
I do understand that this is a big topic and could be applied to many different situations. However, I felt led to write this piece because I sense there are some people reading this blog who need to let go. I also realize that there are some people that are ready to quit and that you should not be doing this. If you want to run, hide or quit – I urge you to stop! Reflect for a moment. Pray. Pause to listen to God and then make a deliberate decision to keep going, or arrive at the place in your heart where instead of quitting you know you are simply letting go. There is a huge difference between the two.
Quitting will make you feel like a failure! Letting go will make you feel free! To all my friends reading my blog today, my prayer is that you will have the strength to let go and let God have His way. OR you will have the courage to keep on keeping on.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus