This little gal recently said, “I quit. That’s it, I give up. I’m done. Can’t do this anymore. I let go.”
Yes, amen! Sadly, she and I don’t have a close enough relationship for me to just say, “well done good and faithful one!” Letting go, that is the first step to just about anything good that might come our way. Another way of saying “I quit,” is, “I relinquish control.”
I feel a bit at odds with the Western, Christian world sometimes. Our Western values are more like, “Fight the good fight. You can be anything you want. Persevere. Run the race. Don’t give up. I can do all things…”
That’s a lot more “Western” than it is “Christian.” Surrender is just not very fashionable, is it? Everybody hates a quitter. But I happen to believe that a big part of following Jesus Christ is about admitting defeat. That doesn’t sell very well, but it’s the truth. I can do nothing, I’m like stuck in the mire, drowning in quicksand…..so Jesus came and reached out His hand to me.
When you are banging your head on a brick wall, and getting a terrific headache in the process, the best thing to do is to quit. Stop it already. Ask for help. Try something different.
Surrender, submission, really is my top secret superpower, my ninja skill. Chuckling here because that not very glamorous, not very on brand, but it is a pretty intense battle, a powerful war. Like in comparison, slaying dragons or taking over a pirate ship sounds like child’s play, a vacation, good fun. I think people who are actually good at surrender, go off to slay dragons just to relax…..
A really good saying is, “let go and let God.” When I am weak, He is strong. Quit, give up more often. Surrender all. Let it go. Just put yourself in a state of receiving whatever comes your way and go and smell the roses. So, so much of our anxiety, distress, frustration, revolves around an inability to let go of control.