Try Something Different…Just Let It Go

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Think about the things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8,9

It’s that time of year again. Lenten season. The time of year when for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday we focus on the meaning of Easter. That focus is not on the Cadbury Eggs that fill the aisles of the local drugstores, or the Easter egg hunts that are already being planned. Rather, it is on the one who promised us new life by shedding His blood.

For many it also means giving up present day luxuries to slow down and spend time preparing and celebrating this gift He has given.

God amazes me over and over, and the season of Lent is no exception. He also seems to find funny ways of teaching me to slow down. So, just as the season of Lent begins, He sends the snowstorm I had been seeking. One that forced me to finally relax. To slow down and think about His promises. In particular, the promise of peace.

See, I am not a peaceful person. In fact, I consider myself to be somewhat of a control freak. A little OCD. And, I can get agitated…easily. Easily frustrated. I worry too much about the opinions of others, and I let it bother me. Until this agitation, frustration, and resentment starts to overwhelm my soul. Starts to steal my peace.

Until I take it out on the ones who mean the most to me.

Until I find myself in the midst of an impending snowstorm pleading for peace. Because, I am aware that my control freak tendencies, my impatience, my frustrations will implode when stuck in the house with three bored and overactive kids.

And, because He knows just how much I adore these three. How much I yearn to be more patient. How much I desire to be a beacon of peace in this place, He did what He promised. He gave me peace this week. Peace so comforting that in some moments I didn’t even recognize the woman who was at home with her “monsters.” I didn’t recognize the woman who let the dishes sit. Who didn’t care about the snow boots strewn across the living room floor. The goldfish on the couch. The screams. The bickering. The two and a half hours playing in snow I don’t much enjoy.

Right in the middle of a week that began the season of Lent. A season when we start to contemplate the things we want to give up to draw closer to God.

Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. Hebrews 12:1

While I have picked to give up that thing, or things rather, that trip me up, I see now that He is really asking me to let go of some other things as well.

Let it go.

Of the need to please people. To make them like me. To worry about or beat myself up over worldly opinions.

Let it go.

Of the dishes in the sink. The clothes on the floor. The shoes and backpacks on the couch. The need to have everything neat, in its place, and put away.

Let it go.

Of the “busy-ness” that consumes my life. The need to go, go, go…and do, do, do. All. The. Time.

Let it go.

Of the need to say “yes,” when all I really want to say is “no.”

Let it go.

Of the housework. Of the homework. Of the demands of work that keep me from enjoying those at home.

Let it go.

Of my guilt. Of my shame. Of my past. My insecurities. My fears.

Let it go.

Of all that causes this heart frustration and agitation.

Let it go.

Of toxic relationships. One-sided relationships. Those that only tear me apart or beat me down.

Let it go.

Of the need to do for everyone but me. To take care of everyone. To fix all the problems of the world.

Let it go.

Of perfection. Because I am a mess. I stumble. I fall. I fail. But, God loves this mess, and he does not demand I be perfect.

So, let it go.

Because, in the end, when I let go of all the things which in the grand scheme do not in any way define me, are not a part of His plan, and only cause me frustration and agitation, I gain so much more.

I gain peace. A peace that the world cannot give (John 14:27).

So, what do you need to let go of today?

Seek God. Ask Him for his peace. His promises, and just let the rest go.

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