Have you ever been pulled from a place of belonging into a phase of uncertainty? From a place of confidence in your skills to a moment of feeling as if you really have nothing to offer? What do you do in those moments?
Last week, a sermon illustration reminded me of the importance of holding everything so very loosely. Allowing God to give and take away for His glory. It was not a new concept. I’ve heard it time and time again – and tried to live by it diligently. Yet, while standing in the middle of a long stretch of time in which my confidence has been challenged again and again, God knew I needed the reminder to hold loosely to everything.
So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do? You hold loosely. Surrender. Trust.
Admittedly, I don’t do any of that easily. Especially when my confidence is being stripped. When I feel like I don’t really have a place. When it seems as if I’m not doing anything well – or that I’m outright failing.
But the Lord never promised it would come easily. In fact, He promised suffering. He promised struggle. He promised challenge.
And He promised Himself right in the middle of it.
He Does Best When I Can’t
I know this all seems much more spiritual than practical. Like it fits more in my Friday Faith Nugget post. But, in truth, it’s very practical. Because what I do – every single aspect of what I do – is riddled with insecurity. I never experience a day when I don’t feel like I am failing in at least one area of life – being a wife or a mom or a homeschooler or a pastor’s wife or a teacher or an editor or an employee or a whatever-else-I’m-doing-at-the-moment. Or all of the above.
Only when I hold it all loosely is the Holy Spirit capable of performing the jobs through me. And only then do I see success.
That makes “holding loosely” a very practical part of what I do. Even if it’s a part I forget regularly and have to be reminded of.
Hold loosely, my friend. Be ready to let Christ be the success, not you.
And be ready to remind me of this very thing tomorrow, because I’ll need it!