The primary responsibility of a leader is to ensure a team or an organization is intentionally always moving forward—even in the face of adversity. Even when the pressure is unrelenting. Even when it requires figuring out the next step as you go.
How many times have we heard stories of people who had been seeking for a particular breakthrough for the longest time, and you hear them say this statement?
“When I let it go, that’s when it all happened for me.”
Now I have to confess (don’t judge me), although I understand this statement and respect the picture of surrender found within these words, every time I heard someone say any version of this, it would irritate me to no end. I know. It’s terrible. But honestly, we never do ourselves any good by judging and dismissing ourselves for the things that don’t sit right with us. On the contrary, I’ve often found valuable lessons hidden in these moments.
We always talk about how faith sets us up for blessing, but what if we were honest about our doubts, and asked Him to show up in the midst of those too?
When I heard story after story of people saying that their breakthrough came on the heels of “letting go” and “letting God,” I was probably smiling and saying, “wow, that’s awesome,” on the inside I was ticked because I didn’t understand.
I had several questions swirling around in my head where I heard people talk about letting go. Questions like:
“How can I let go of something that means so much to me?”
“If I let it go doesn’t that mean I’m giving up?”
“What if I can’t let go? Does that mean I’m ruining my own blessing… Am I getting in my own way?”
“But I have let go… like a thousand times and nothing has changed!”
Recently I found myself reading Hebrews 4, where scripture talks about the rest promised to us as children of God and how the Israelites couldn’t enter the promised land because they didn’t mix faith with God’s promise. Before I knew it I realized that these verses spoke to my long time struggle with letting go.
“There is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.” Hebrews 4:4-6
Letting go isn’t letting go of the fight altogether; it’s fighting differently, fighting the way God intends… from a place of rest.
I started to realize that “letting go” is taking a position and posture of rest. I’m no longer striving to produce in order to receive, but rather resting in order to receive.
Letting go = Resting.
What do you have to let go today?