"Whatever we are holding on to is holding on to us." That is something Bert Waggoner said last week and it made me examine my life. The truth is that all of us are holding on to certain things in life. For some it's a dream, or picture of success they're trying to achieve. For others it's family, friends and relationships that are important in their life. For some it's paradigms and perspectives we have on the world and what is happening around us. For others it is our savings account, job, hobby or an organization that we are a part of.
It's not bad to hold on to things in our life. I think it's natural... it would be weird to meet someone that didn't hold on to anything, that didn't care about anything. What we don't realize I think (and the point Bert was making) is that these things we hold on to, also hold on to us. They determine how we spend our time and resources, the direction our life goes. They have the ability to launch our life forward or to destroy it and hold us back.
As I wrestled with this question last week, here are some questions I asked myself:
- Are the things I'm holding on to, things that honor God? Are they what God would want me to view as important in my life?
- What kind of outcomes and results are coming from these things I've been holding on to?
- Are there things I need to let go of?
- Are my hands grasped so tight with current 'things' that I'm unable or unwilling to let God bring something new in to my life?
What are you holding on to in your life?