letting go


A little jar of candy often sits on the counter at work. The narrow rim of the jar is tricky. It looks like a hand would fit in perfectly, and it does. But once those greedy fingers have grasped the M&Ms, jelly beans, or Kisses within, the hand won’t budge. The narrow rim, once a seductive portal to sweets, now clamps close around the wrist.

One yank, two. Centimeters of progress aren’t a quick enough solution. As the fingers release one candy, then two, then a few more, the grip of the rim loosens and the hand escapes.

Freedom doesn’t come until we let go. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I need to let go of to take hold of more of God. Pride? Striving? Worry? All of the above? My biggest struggle is worry and it reflects poorly on my faith in my Savior.

So today, I’m not worrying about it. I’m not worrying about spending more money on goat kefir than on books (a travesty!), I’m not worrying about whether or not I’m boring, I’m not worrying about abandoning running for the time being, I’m not worrying about not putting on sunscreen every day, and I’m not worrying about how bad worrying is for me.

What do you want to let go of?





  1. shanna

    “I’m not worrying about how bad worrying is for me.”

    It’s like you’re reading my mind! I so understand.

  2. Lan

    this is such a great post, especially for today. i just drafted a post about Lent and the two things i “let go” of for 40 days. they’re two things i am not willing to let go of permanently and i will be glad to have them back…

    to answer your question tho, i would like to let go of:
    some baggage, i feel sometimes i walk around with too much on my mind and in my heart, and it’s keeping me down.
    material things and take it back to basics. it is alarming the crap possessions i’ve accumulated over the years and letting them go would feel like i’ve decluttered my life.

  3. joannalinberg

    Lan, I can’t wait to read your post with your thoughts about how it went. Letting go is flat-out hard. Thanks for reading!

  4. Jillisa

    Sunscreen’s a big one.

    Worry and discontentment are huge. I’m letting go of loneliness and boredom, since they are the breeding grounds for both. That also means more effort to be genuinely personable and patiently attentive. But I’m not going to worry about that either. His grace is sufficient.

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