You can have all of the keys in the world, but if you don’t know which locks they open, the keys are going to do you no good.
Let me back up a bit.
“Let go and let God.” Have you ever heard that one? I think I first heard it when I was in high school, and my best friend, lovingly known as “Pie,” worked at the local Christian bookstore, “The Shepherd Shoppe.” I would visit Pie at work and would walk up and down the aisles browsing the fronts of cards, t-shirts, and books. And on one of these little walks, I saw that platitude. “Let go and let God.” And it stuck with me.
Initially, it was such a nice little feel-good saying. But over the years, as I lived life, “let go and let God” became like steel wool on my tender heart. Let go of what? And how? And how will I cope if I do let go? I’ve never had the answer to that, though twenty years have passed.
Over the last couple of weeks (and over the next several), I’m taking part in the launch team for Jennifer Dukes Lee’s book, The Happiness Dare, which will be released on August 2. The launch team has been reading the book together and discussing it. And long story short (too late, I know), through the reading and the discussion with the team, I’ve learned something about myself that I had really known all along. My happiness is based on my performance. With that knowledge in mind, I walked into Chapter 1 of the book you, Jason, Dusty, Glynn, and I are reading for *this* book discussion…
In Jerry Bridges’ “The Discipline of Grace,” the author says,
“Are we willing to rely on God’s grace and mercy alone instead of our performance…? If so, then we can stop living in our good-day-bad-day scenarios and bask every day in the grace of God. And in the joy and confidence of that grace we can vigorously pursue holiness.” (Bridges, 28)
Reading that, a key that I’d held for a long time slipped into the right lock. The tumblers lined up. And in another way, I became free. I can let go of my need to perform. I can let go of my perfectionism and legalism. As I let go of those things, I’m caught by a net of grace and mercy that is far more free than the net of fear and worry that I’ve lived my life wrapped in. This net of grace and mercy becomes wings of joy and confidence that allow me to fly freely into the life that is referred to in John 10 as “life in all its fullness.” And all because I finally “let go and let God.”
Today is the first week of our new book discussion. THANK YOU for joining us here! As always, you don’t have to read the book to come hang out. We love to hear everyone’s stories, feelings, and opinions. If you ARE participating in the book discussion, once you’ve read your chapter and written your post, you can link it up at the widget that Jason and I share. This week, the widget is at his place — www.endlessimpact.com. THANK YOU for coming by! Remember that you are loved!