Sunday, August 31, 2008

Letting Go

Today is our summer intern's last day. Amy has been with us all summer, working with Vacation Bible School, designing a Prayer Room, doing visits, and a host of other things. She has been a blessing to us this summer with everything she has done, and will do well wherever she goes in the future.

Our Summer Internship ends with the intern preaching. Amy's sermon has to do with Letting Go - letting go of our desires, our wants, our wills, and letting God lead us where he wants us to go.

This is a lot easier said than done.

So often in life, we want to be in control, we want to be in charge, we want a little bit of power when it comes to shaping our destiny. But as I have heard before, if God is our co-pilot, then we are in the wrong seat. God has created us with certain gifts, and he has a purpose for us in using these gifts. The question is, are we willing to let go and follow God, wherever he is leading us?

The first step to letting go is taking time with God to discern where it is he is leading us. This means making time in our busy lives to spend in prayer and Bible study. It means gathering with others who are searching as well - in worship, in small groups, wherever it may be. This may take months, it may take years, but we are continually asking God - what is it that you want me to do or be?

During this time we continually ask - is this your will for me, or is my will getting in the way of what you want? It is not an easy process, but it is one that reaps great rewards.

So today, may you make the time to serarch with God as to what he is calling you to do. May you be blessed with an open mind and heart to hear where God is leading you, and may you see the face of God every day.


lula said...

Sometimes we need to let go cuz we aren't happy doing what we're doing. Sometimes it's tough to try something new. We hang on to the old "yucky" stuff just cuz it's familiar. We need to be brave, let go, and see where God directs us. We need to try something new even if it's something totally out of our comfort zone. We need to risk failing. Or risk succeeding. But it's tough to do!

lula said...

More thoughts from me. Maybe we need to let go, try something TOTALLY different and not worry about living up to family's expectations. We need to not listen to "you should" or "That's not what Dad wanted you to do". We need to live our lives--not let family members run our lives. We need to do what makes us happy.