Holding Things Loosely

Nov 25, 2012 | Faith

As the holiday season approaches, God’s reminding me to hold things loosely.  What does that mean? Looking at the time and energy we put into things of this world – things having no eternal value, yet are part of our lives. Time spent on responsibilities, things we enjoy and things we deem useless.

Hold these things loosely.

It might be your job, your home, or hobbies. Your hopes and dreams for yourself or your children.

Hold them loosely.

It may be our children, our friends, our parents. Decisions made by others we don’t think is best

Hold it loosely.

Hold it loosely so if it’s blown away, snatched up, dropped or given away, there is peace in letting go. Not grasping or clenching so tight the natural order can’t take it’s course, not desperate to hold on to what may not be ours to begin with if we believe everything belongs to the Lord.

Hold on loosely
Trusting the Giver
more than loving the gift.

Trusting Him to place something in your hand
much greater than what He took.

Leaving your hand open for the opportunity.

Lord, Jesus, place in our hands that which You desire
and that alone.



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  1. Pamela

    I love the thought that we need to hold on loosely so God can place opportunity in our hand.

  2. David C Brown

    We’ll have to leave it in an instant when the Lord comes for us!

  3. haneymd

    This post reminded me of James 4:14: “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” I find it very challenging to hold onto my worldly treasures “loosely,” fully and completely trusting and believing that “everything is the Lord’s” as you say in your poem. As a person who is growing in her faith, it can be challenging to approach God with an “undivided loyalty” that James speaks of in 1:5-8. But one day, I hope I can reach that final stage of faith that is “fully developed,…perfect and complete, needing nothing (James 1:4).” Thank you for your words of wisdom. Clearly, you have a heart for the Lord and He is speaking through you. This post just connected many dots for me in the James Bible study that Max and I have been working on for the last 8 weeks.
    Blessings, Brenda!

    • brendayoder

      Thanks, Michelle. I encourage you to continue your study of God’s word, and hunger for it. It will be the foundation for you when life’s challenges and experiences throw challenges at you. The book of James is a great book to study. Continue growing, walking, seeking. Just when we think we “get there”, we find out we know even less of God because He’s that big. But there’s so much comfort in resting in Him. Have a great week, Michelle!

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