The “good” things are the hardest to let go of.
The “bad”? They seem to be easier to give up. Once His Spirit has been gracious to bring conviction, by His grace, I run from the sin. These blatant sins are easier to spot; easier to hate.
But the “good” things—the ministries and the serving people and the relationships—those are harder to kick to the curb. They are harder to spot as dangerous.
Too often, I hold to them tightly—seeing the opportunity and good that is coming out of them—while God gently calls me away; I ignore the signs that it is time to let go.
There are many things in my life that are really good things, and most of them are done with people I really love to be with.
But I am only one person. I cannot do it all, as much as I would like to think otherwise.
So, I beg for clarity. I take a look again at what He has built me for, to be sure that I am serving and leading out of His gifts to me.
And as He leads, I choose to let go. Though as I move forward, a part of me still holds tightly—I want to be able to do it all.
As I let go of some of the good things, I have let go of many of my writing commitments, in order to have time for the merger over at Do Not Depart and my ministry with Kat at Inspired to Action. I am thrilled with where God is leading these ministries, and want to be freed up to do them well.
Maybe you are feeling like you have too many “good” things going on, as well? What do you do to help evaluate and decide what stays and what goes? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
If you are feeling unsure of whether or not you need to take a break, here is a great post from a while back by Emily over at Chatting in the Sky: 8 Ways You Know it’s Time to Take a Break. I could identify with several of these warning signs, and I thought this post was well-articulated and encouraging. Enjoy!