2016-07-13 - Letting Go
Eighteen years ago today, I quit smoking. I find it exciting, relieving, and an accomplishment that God did in me. I know I didn’t do it, because I tried several times before that day - to no avail. My own attempts, however well-intended, resulted in failure. And because of that, I decided to resist the temptation to share it on a current typical public forum. I came quite close, yet in my heart, doing so seemed like more of a personal accolades search, and my goal is to now glorify God in a manner most suitable, by the examples he has given us. The thought of Him Instagraming, Facebook posting, or tweeting clearly seems ridiculous to me.
Sure, I could explain it the way I just did to you, as “an accomplishment that God did in me;" however, some thoughts take on more meaning, upon personal connection and reflection really. We need to show people that it’s not about us, and just saying it isn’t enough. Showing that we let go of things and needing credit, are part of growing up in Christ.
”When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV).
Taking it further is: “Still another said, “'will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.'” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Moving forward can mean letting go of things that on the surface seem harmless, but over a period of time can collectively allow us to lose the meaning of the works that God has done in our lives. We need to wait for the spirit to move, and to allow the perfect timing of those works in conversation and discussion, so that He is indeed glorified rather than us just feeling momentary satisfaction.
My family and I celebrate that I quit. And when it is appropriate in conversation with someone, I may bring it up, to try to encourage them in some manner. But random discussion of it really doesn’t benefit anything or anyone, and sometimes it could potentially cause another to stumble, which is not glorifying at all to our Father. We are not to do things only to be seen, heard, and known. We are here to serve at His pleasure, which requires obedience to the spirit He has working through us.
“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:5-7)
He keeps his promises. We will be rewarded. Right now, we’re here to learn to love him and show others what it means. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted