Holding Things Loosely

This blog is inspired by the most recent episode of What’s God Doing!



Have you ever felt stretched beyond your capabilities? Or like all your plans are falling apart?

If you are human, you probably have more than once.

Matthew 28:20 says,

“And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”

How is this verse relevant?

I have heard this in a lot of conversation lately: people get burnt out so much faster when they are doing all these wonderful things to serve God in their own strength. They may have great ideas and great ways to serve him, but was that what God was actually asking then to do?  Sometimes we make assumptions about what He wants. 

It so easy to do; I do it to sometimes.

Often, He is telling me just to sit still for a few minutes or hour so He can talk to me. But as soon as I sit down, I think of some task that needs to get done.

Matthew 28:20 is relevant because we need to remember that we are not alone as we serve Him: He is with us.  He has His own plans for us, and He gives us the time, the strength, and the clarity to do it all. He will do this for us when we hop on board with Him.

Now, I am not saying it will be easy; I am just saying his plans work better than ours.  If we really trust Him and His plans, we don’t have to be stressed or frustrated.

Philippians 4:11b-13 says

 “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


I have started this morning routine: I tell God everything I need to do and everything I am worried about not getting done. I say something like this, ” God here it is. I don’t know how I am going to get it all done or what I am supposed to do today. But you do, so here they are, please help me organize my day.” Now, I am not going to say I am a pro at this at all. Sometimes, I forget to do it altogether, or I get so caught up in all my worry, I forget that God is walking right beside me just waiting for me to see and acknowledge His presence. He wants us to ask Him for help.

I would like to encourage you to ask God to plan your day and allow Him to redirect you when thing start spinning out of control. It might just be the thing you need to get some of your stress under control. Think of it like a trust exercise. It has definitely been showing me that God is trustworthy; even in our failures or times we don’t quite understand want He asked us to do, His plans are greater than ours and beyond our own understanding.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

This is my Prayer for you this week; I invite you to pray this over each other too.

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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  1. Paul, I always love your teachings and your willingness to be an object lesson. EJ, I love reading your posts. Both of you really get to the point while also elaborating when necessary. I think this concept of holding things loosely is so contrary to our culture and yet so necessary to walk with Christ.

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