All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
There is no point in your life being filled with pain and grief, especially not from the moment you wake and then hours later well into your sleep. God did not create us to live like this. Our pain is oftentimes self-inflicted, as we fail to open our eyes, stretch out our arms, grab ahold of opportunities, and bring them tightly to our chests so that we don’t lose or destroy them.
How many of us see opportunities in life but we think:
1) “It’s not time”
2) “I can’t do it”
3) “I can’t do it alone”
4) “That can’t be for me”
5) “That’s too much”
6) “It’s too far out of reach”
7) “It’s too risky”?
Do you see a common thread connecting these claims? It’s all fear!
I’m tired of living and operating in and out of fear, aren’t you? Aren’t you tired of living a reactionary life, only doing things out of knee-jerk reactions or hiding from things because we couldn’t live up to our responsibilities?
We say we want to live debt-free lives, how about adding drama-free, negativity-free, pain-free, guilt-free, shame-free, and living a life free of fear?
Aren’t you tired of walking around with that aching feeling in your chest that sometimes tightens so much you can barely breathe? Aren’t you tired of your body being in pain because it’s the only way to get the emotional pain from within to come out? Aren’t you tired of your weight fluctuating worse than the stock market? We have to let go and truly release our cares, fears, worries, pain, frustration, anger, guilt, shame, resentment, pride, ego, and everything else to God. We have to let it all go or we will die holding on. I don’t know about you but I want to live a long, healthy, joy-filled life well into my 100s, God-willing.
I believe there’s a lot that God has in store for me and planned for me and I don’t want to disappoint Him one more day. So as I lovingly encourage each of you to let go, I pray that you also lovingly encourage me to do the same. Let’s push each other to greatness. Let’s push each other to be the best representations of Christ that we can be. Let’s not worry about today, yesterday or tomorrow. Let’s instead…P-U-S-H…
…and then do our parts to make sure we are there to receive our blessings and seize all opportunities that God places before us.
Father, I need peace. I need peace of mind to see clearly what I can handle, what I can take on, and those things that I simply need to release to You. I need to see how to be helpful to others without carrying their weight. I need to learn how to guide them to You and Jesus so that they can develop their own special and close relationship with You.
I need to let go of my pride and accept that there are certain things I can’t do alone or at all; and that if I only give 50% then I will only get that much or less in return, yet if I give 100% effort, time, and drive then I will get that much in return. If I don’t seize opportunities for growth and prosperity around me then there is no reason to complain—for I made the decision not to act. I want to act Lord. I want to take ahold of the blessings You place before me. Show me Father. Free me Father. I’m tired of the pain and grief that I’m causing myself. Humbly I pray. Amen.
I love and respect you all. Thank you for also loving and respecting me.
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