It’s Friday again (how did that happen?), and it’s time for 5 Minute Friday. Not familiar with Five Minute Friday? Well, it’s simple really. Women, from all over, write about one word for five minutes. No editing. No self-censoring. Just write and hit publish. Sound interesting? Then I encourage you to hop on over to Kate Motaung’s blog, Heading Home, and join us.
Lately, I’ve been forcefully reminded that in order to move forward, to go through the doors God opens for me, I have to let go or lose something else.
I have to say no. I have to turn something down. Every yes choice I make, means saying no to something else. Because time is finite. No matter how organized or how productive I am, I am allotted 24 hours just like everyone else on the planet.
To gain one thing, I lose something else.
But we don’t want to admit that, so we try to hang on to what we should be letting go of. In our world, anxiety and depression and that sense of drowning in the demands of our own lives is rampant.
And I think it lies in this simple truth – to swim, to stay afloat, we have to let go of or lose what is weighing us down. If we insist on hanging onto it, we WILL drown.
Mark 8:36 says, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
In many ways, in our culture today, we are losing our soul because we are trying to gain the entire world. There is so much pressure on every front, that it is no wonder our souls feel a bit shriveled and dry.
We go and go and go with no end in sight because we are afraid of losing – an opportunity, a moment, a met expectation.
But we weren’t made to do everything all the time for everyone, and the effort to do that is killing us slowly and surely.
I once read this quote and it has stayed with me. “The greatest freedom is the ability to choose our own prison.”
Each choice we make means we lose the ability to make a different, opposite choice. Trying to hang onto both just tears us apart.
What do you need to lose today?