We’ve arrived at the last day of August! I will finish this series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose – focusing on this third and final segment on pursuing purpose — as we head into September. Thanks so much to all who have followed along, read, and commented… and if you’re just stopping in for the first time, you can catch the very first post in the series here: Procrastination, Priorities, Purpose – Part 1 – Defining Procrastination.
This post is the third of four on the topic of making THIS day different than yesterday in regard to pursuing our purpose. The previous posts were on Deciding to Live Differently and Giving Praise and Achieving Victory. This post admonishes us to consider:
*Letting Go and Letting God Be the Master Architect*
I think one of the most difficult things for us to do sometimes is to LET GO of control over our own lives. It can be alarming, produce anxiety, and certainly requires an element of trust and faith in someone other than ourselves. Depending on your beliefs, this could mean God or a “higher power” – but for the purposes of this blog, if you’ve read other posts, you know I believe in and refer to God.
So I will continue to repeat this, just to avoid any misconceptions or misunderstanding: these words are excerpted from one of Joyce Meyer’s books (published in April 2014), entitled You Can Begin Again [NOT an affiliate link–I do NOT profit from mentioning or promoting her books!]:
“Sometimes, it seems the life we’ve built, or neglected to build,
limits our potential.
We made a mess last year, last month, or last week,
so we feel we have to suffer the consequences today.
This leads to a feeling of hopelessness
as we assume that nothing is going to change.
If you are frustrated with your own efforts
and feel you need direction,
I suggest you turn the construction project over to God.
If you’ll turn the construction of your life over to God,
He will build something beautiful.
It’s no accident that Jesus was a carpenter–
God is a Master Builder.
He wants to design and build your life, too.
But He’s not going to forcefully take
the construction job away from you–
He wants you to give it to Him.”
Probably one of my all-time favorite poems on the topic of “letting Go and letting God” is this one:
As children bring their toys, with tears, for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God because He was my Friend.
But then instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried, ‘How could you be so slow?’
‘My child,’ He said, ‘What could I do? You never did let go.'”
–Lauretta P. Burns
So what is the next step in pursuing our purpose? Make the decision to let go and let God work in our lives, and keep moving forward.
So what do YOU think?
Do these concepts and quotes resonate with you? Can you relate?
Are you prepared to move forward by letting go and letting God work as the Master Architect in your life?