Passage 70: Gain More by Letting Go

The brief

In business, we earn more by letting go of our money. We can call it an investment. But, we can also gain more by letting go of our hurts and pride. We can call this peace of mind. Money can’t buy it.

When we surrender our life to God, we gain eternal life.

The background

Yesterday, my children and I were cleaning their room. Doing the vacuum was the easy part. The hardest part was deciding what to keep and what to let go of (as not worth keeping).

For every item we thought of letting go of, these questions often pop up:

  • Do we still need this?
  • Does this have any sentimental value?
  • Could we give it to someone else instead of throwing this in the trash?
  • Could we sell this instead as a used or second-hand item?
  • How long would it take for us to give this away or for someone to buy this?

We realized that the intention of selling or giving them away was just an alibi for us to keep them. And even if we do want to give these items out, we could not tell when we could give them away.

Why do we care?

To cut to the chase, I realized that our life is filled with baggage and attachments. They may be emotional, psychological, or material attachments.  

We might always have the intention of letting go of them very soon, only to find out that we have been keeping them for years or in our lifetime.

In many circumstances, we can gain more by letting go rather than by storing. It is valid for our emotional, psychological, and material attachments.  

The Bible passage below urges us not to be proud. It also suggests not to rely on the uncertainties of riches. Instead, the Bible passage invites us to share our blessings with others as we believe in a God who provides for our needs and enjoyment.

17 As for those who do have riches in this present world, charge them not to be proud and not to let their hopes rest on the uncertainties of riches but to rest their hopes on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. 18 Charge them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous and ready to share. 19 In this way they will treasure up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may lay hold of the real life.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (CJB)

And one last thing, Jesus Christ gave up his life and gained the whole world.

Prayer

Father in Heaven, you know me through and through. 

Bless me and free me from these hurts or painful memories.

Let me gain peace of mind.  

Break the chains of this darkroom in my life where I store up these painful, embarrassing, and shameful memories and emotions. I don’t want to store them anymore. I do not need that storeroom.

They were filthy and eating me up alive internally: emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.

Grant me this freedom and peace of mind, oh Father, which money cannot buy. Therefore, I pray and ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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