When I retired at the end of 2014, I thought “letting go” happened all at once. I had let go of 16 years of going to and from work … it was a routine. Little did I know I’d be letting go of something all the time. Every day I’m encountering areas in my life where I have to let go and move on. Just this week I said “no” in court to a dispute, I said “no” to a tenant, and I said “no” to a writing opportunity that I enjoyed. I’m being taught some boundaries whether I like it or not.
I guess it boils down to that phrase we’ve all heard, “Let Go and Let God.” That’s simple to say, but really hard to practice! With me it boils down to trust and control. I battle everyday with control in my own life. I want to make the rules and I want to set the timetable.
The number one reason I stress is that I’m trying to control things that only God can control. I can’t control my husband, kids, grandkids, work, ministry, my past or my future. Often times I have trouble controlling me.
So starting today, I am taking the last part of the Serenity Prayer wherever I go in hopes it will seep into my head and heart:
“Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.”
“Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)