Surrender! Who really likes that word and surrenders with a happy heart? Yes, it can be freeing at times, but it can be difficult. This week as I took some time to journal my thoughts while studying the word surrender, I realized some of my own struggle. There are certain things in my life that I will surrender to the Lord with the hope that it will go the way I want.
It goes something like this.
“Dear Lord, I surrender my relationships, by business, my kids, my future and my body.”
(But, I would sure like the ending to turn out the way it is written in my mind).
I have to laugh as I actually read that out loud. Truthfully, if I want to live out all that God is calling me to do, I have to be willing to surrender everything in life. I must be willing to surrender without an expectation of how it should be done or how it will end.
Hebrews 12:1 says:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
What does this mean?
If we want to run with perseverance and make it to the finish line that God has for us, we must throw off everything that is holding us back and surrender it all to Him. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
- Control of money
- Desires and outcomes for certain relationships
- Failures and imperfections
- Body, health, weight, exercise, food
- Fear and worry
- Talents, gifts, career and life purpose
As I look over the list of things women can struggle to surrender (and that is a short list), I have had to surrender each one of them at different times in my life. And to be honest, more than one time.
Often times, we get stuck and miss the next step that God is calling us to do simply because of a lack of submission. I was stuck and will probably get stuck again. I had to realize that in order for me move and persevere, I must surrender to the Lord, even if it does not go the way I want. I must believe that he will always have something better waiting at the finish line.
I encourage you today to pause and have some quiet time with the Lord and ask the bold hard question?
“What do I need to surrender to you, Lord, to walk in the fullness of all you have for me?”