Today is the first day of Advent...the season of letting go of the worldly to open our hearts to God's unconditional love and grace.
So, what superficial things do we cling to that often paralyze us more than helping us?
For me, it's a false sense of control and fear.
From the time I was a little person, I've always had a plan, always known just what I was meant to do. My parents tell a story of me in a mock-Arby's uniform taking my dad's lunch order at the end of the driveway with a steno pad. That little order taker grew up to wreak havoc on the speech and debate team, write for the school newspaper, cheer for the football team, give the commencement address to her high school classmates and eventually go off to college and graduate school. Always having a plan, always hell bent to succeed and afraid of anything less.
So, when the doctor said, "Push...you can do it," and my son arrived, I no longer had a plan, no road map, no instructional manual. Suddenly, the most important gift I'd ever been given was outside of me and I immediately had to trust that everything would work out. And for the most part, it has...but definitely, not according to plan.
As human beings, we're limited. We have a finite amount of time, energy, patience, stamina, competency, and experience. We want the best for our lives and for those we love...but often, we fall short due to our selfishness, neediness, and desires. The truth is that when we let go and trust...a much better and sustainable outcome manifests itself. We just have to believe. It's the magic of faith.
What is holding you back from experiencing the fullness of God's love?