“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
There are many times in our lives that we “freeze up”. We do not change, we do not become the people we are called to be, because of fear. We fear the unknown, we fear to be challenged, we fear that we might “lose ourselves”. That fear keeps us from moving forward.
Imagine what this world would be like if people throughout the ages refused to move forward. There would be no new discoveries. There would be no new challenges. There would be no growth of any kind. Instead, there would be masses of huddled people staying indoors for fear of any kind of confrontation with the world.
There are times in our lives — many times — when we have to learn to let go. It is only in letting go, in taking the risk, that we can change or improve or become something other than what we are.
God did not create us to remain the same. If that were the case, there would be a world filled with infants. From the moment we were born, our lives of changing began. Infant becomes child. Child becomes teen. Teen becomes young adult. Young adult becomes adult. Adult becomes senior. Senior becomes the elderly. And then we make that final, ultimate, change when we leave this earthly realm and go home to God.
The changes in our lives should not be things to fear but, rather, things to embrace. Those changes, once embraced, take us to a new level in our lives and make us all new people.
As we cannot and should not stifle change in our worldly lives, we should also not stifle change in our spiritual lives. The person who only prayers one or two form prayers that he or she learned in first grade has not developed in the spiritual life. Our daily prayers lead us to deeper levels of praying so that they can come a point where we no longer need the memorized prayer to prompt conversation with God. We finally will have developed to the point where we will be able to sit and visit with God, pouring out our hearts and listening to Him speak to us.
God wants us to be more than we are right now. Allow Him to take your hand and lead you to that new person.
FAITH ACTION: Spend some “quality time” with God today. Clear your mind and allow Him to speak to you the words He longs for you to hear.