Okay, Let it Go

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans12:1-3 (NIV)
As a youth, I had no vision of ever enjoying the task of taking out the trash, but now it has become a special time in our home. Our 12 month old son gets very excited about helping to collect the household trash and to carry the trash bags to the garage.

Once we are in the garage, I prompt him to drop the bag into the trash can by saying "Okay, let it go!"

Occasionally, a second or third word of encouragement is needed before he is willing to release his grip on the bag. When he refuses to let go right away, I wait patiently until he is finally willing to release the bag or he tires from holding onto the trash.

Our experience of taking out the trash is not all that unlike the Holy Spirit prompting us to release our heart’s and mind’s grip on certain relationships, jobs, objects, ideas, or sin because He has something or someone far greater planned for us. If we did not take the trash out each day, an unpleasant aroma would build up and no one would want to be around us. Is God waiting patiently for you to release your grip or to tire of holding on to something needlessly? God desires a deeper relationship with you.

Can you hear Him saying, "Okay, let it go"?

Heavenly Father, thank you for the special reminders to take out the trash. Amen.