Thursday, October 1, 2009

Yet Another Reason to Let Go....

A friend had given me a CD to listen to. "I think you'll like it." And, yes, I did.

It was the story of Patti O. in California and how Alcoholics Anonymous changed her life. I laughed and I cried and thanked God that I have WAY too many control issues to drink. I need my "internal editor" intact, thank-you-very-much.

She said many, many things that made me think...

But today, the thing that has stuck with me the most was when she was talking about service. She said that when we're sitting down here trying to work on fixing our own problems, that's where we get stuck --> focused on our own problems. It's in those moments when we set our issues aside and look to help another that God has the opportunity to work on our stuff for us.

It reminded me of all the times I had try to fix things MY WAY. I knew if I did this, that and/or the other thing, life would get better. Well, ah, no... it didn't. Whatever it was just got contorted into another set of issues. It wasn't until I stepped away and got my grubby little hands off and said "OK, God... can't do this myself...." that things began to improve.

Some things He changes Himself, others, are mine to do the footwork. I just have to do things His way. I need to let go and realized that He does indeed know the best way to handle a situation. If we disagree, it is my perspective that needs adjusting. Rather than and endless barrage of "But,..... but,..... but...."s, I'd do better to say, "show me...."

And, you know, I've been down this road enough to know... Some things I just can't change. Some things fall into the "acceptance" category - which is a blog unto itself.

Til then, Lord.... what would You have me do today....?

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