“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Romans 6:18 NIV
This is my official resignation letter. I am resigning my position as worrier, regretter, self-doubter and self-punisher. I have served in this position faithfully for most of my life. I don’t fill fulfilled any longer and not to mention, the pay has been less than stellar.
Despite the stress of this position, I do believe it served a purpose. It has taught me several things. I have learned that God is with me, always, even if I don’t listen and try to do things my own way. God is always patiently waiting for me to open my arms to Him after I have fallen. I also learned that my current position is not where He has meant for me to stay. I didn’t realize I was blind until He opened my eyes.
Praise God, He has offered me a new position. I have humbly and gratefully accepted His offer to become one of His faithful followers. I no longer have to worry because He provides for everything. I no longer have to doubt my worth because I am apart of His royal family. I no longer have to punish myself for past mistakes because He has forgiven me. I no longer have regrets. Well, maybe I do have one regret leftover. I do regret that it took me so long to accept God’s offer.
Well, it is time to say goodbye to this position. I can’t give you a two weeks notice, as my new position starts immediately. I also won’t be able to come back and visit. My new position does not allow me to look back. I am so excited; I’m finally on the right path to my destiny.
Loyal servant of the Kingdom of God
P.S. I also plan on recruiting as many of my coworkers too, so expect many more resignations.
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31 NIV
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Why does it hurt so much to worry? Why does my head throb and my stomach stay tied up in knots? Why does my back ache and my neck feel tight? It’s as if I have the weight of the world sitting on top of my shoulders.
Every possible negative outcome races through my mind. When someone attempts to give me a word of encouragement, I shoot them down. I have everything under control. I can manage worrying about my hectic life and worry about you too with my hands tied behind my back.
Denial can only last but so long. When I go home my worries follow me. They wake me up in the middle of the night and torture me. Why? In the darkness, a voice says, “worry is a burden that you were never meant to bear.”
God provides for all the needs of His children so that they don’t have to worry. Life presents challenges but He has promised to never leave us alone. When the worries of this world start to weigh you down, lay them before the Lord and watch Him perform miracles in your life.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
“But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts.” Jeremiah 5:23 NIV
Look at my mighty fist. It may look small but it can hold so much. It can hold anger and bitterness. It can hold fear, annoyance, frustration and every hurtful word that was spoken against me. It’s all held securely inside my mighty fist. I admit it’s a lot to hold in my grasp but I don’t want to let go. I want to keep my control over it. My mighty fist allows everyone to see how I was mistreated. They can understand why I can’t trust them. They can understand why I can’t completely open my heart to them.
The problem with this is that no one really sees any of that. They can never see the pain that I have balled up in my fist, because they are too consumed with whatever they are keeping inside of their own mighty fists. We are all desperately holding on to fistfuls of pain.
Now, we may feel safer with our mighty fists held high, but we forget that we can’t reach out and hold on to God’s hands with them. We can’t grab a hold of our brother or sister’s hands. We can’t give or receive a comforting embrace. We can’t receive our blessings.
I don’t want to miss out on my blessings, so I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I lift up my mighty fists to God and let go of the anger. I let go of my bitterness. I let go of my fears. I let go of the pain. I let go of all of it until my hands are free to receive God’s grace and mercy. Now, my hands can overflow with His blessings and favor. I’m safely in my Heavenly Father’s arms.
It stings when I let go of my mighty fist. I cry but with every tear I shed, I release God’s healing and forgiveness. My heart opens wider. I am free to love as Jesus loves me.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8 NIV
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1 NIV
Lift your head up! Do you not know who you are? You are a child of God Almighty. The Alpha and Omega. You were fearfully and wonderfully created. There is not a hair on the top of your head that isn’t accounted for. You have been rescued from the bondage of sin. No longer are you bound to the chains of unforgiveness. Healing, mercy and righteousness have been handed down to you. There is nothing that can keep you from the love of the Creator.
Rise up, precious children! Your Father, the Most High, is calling you. You are descended from royalty and there is much work to be done. You have been called to be the salt of the earth. It’s time to bring good flavor where there is blandness. You are the light of the world. It’s time to illuminate the darkness. It’s time to spread the good news. It’s time to love one another. It’s time to forgive one another.
Why are you so afraid? Why do you worry? The God of More than Enough has an army of angels protecting you. He will supply all your needs. Your curse has been lifted. Doesn’t your heart remember the blood sacrifice that was made on your behalf by our Lord and Savior?
Praise the Lord, for you are blessed and you are now called to be a blessing to others. What an honor the Lord has bestowed on you.
Know who you are and praise the Lord!
“You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5 NIV
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NIV
I am already delivered and forgiven. I am already healed. I have already received grace and mercy. My purpose has already been assigned and my path has been laid out before me. In this New Year, I will rejoice for the Lord has been good to me. Even though, I can’t see all the blessings in store for me, I know that they are within my grasp. I will thank the Lord continually.
I am letting go of all the insecurities, the anger, the bitterness, the worry and the unforgiveness that I held on to last year. This year, I will not walk in fear, but in love. I will not lean on my own understanding, but I will trust in the Lord. I will not do things my way, but the Lord’s way, as He guides me to my destiny. I will continue to press forward. In my weakness, I am made strong by the power of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Father, for this New Year.
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9: 1-2 NIV