Golf experts write a lot about how to grip a golf club. The tighter you grip the club the more likely you will hit a bad shot.
My brothers have ski boats that create huge wakes. We use a small surf board to actually surf on those wakes. The more relaxed you can stay the more likely you will be able to surf successfully.
The more you try to squeeze, hold, and demand the love of your grandchild, the more likely they are to push away. There is a delicate balance of letting go with love in order to receive the returned affection we grandparents crave so much!
The abundant life we all want comes much the same way. We attempt to buy it, build it, store it, accumulate it, get healthy enough to have it, work out enough to get it, yet abundant living alludes us.
This morning Paul’s words struck me to the core. Paul held a loose grip on life. He relaxed on the surf board God had given him. He didn’t seek to squeeze, hold, and demand that life serve him. The apostle Paul said:
But I do not account my life of any value or as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 ESV
What a powerful statement! Notice how he summed up what he valued more than his life on this earth. He loosened his grip on life to:
- Do God’s will: “if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus” and
- Tell the Good News: “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. Luke 17:33 ESV
Our Father, we hold on so tightly to this world and the things in it. Help us today to lose our lives for You and the gospel. Forgive us for holding on to the things that will pass away while ignoring the things that will last forever. Help us to let go of life so we may do Your will, share the good news of Jesus, and find Your abundant life.