I have a good friend who, when he was much younger and focusing on his career, discovered one day he had calluses on the palms of his hands. Why? Because, due to pressure and stress, he had been so tightly and consistently clinching his fists that this repeated action had caused callouses. That’s a good indicator something is not right and needs to change.
It seems lately in many of my conversations I have been offering this counsel to myself and others, “Hold things loosely.” With all of the change and uncertainly about us, it seems to me it’s best not to be clinching things too tightly. In fact, this theme is repeated time and time again in Scripture, that we should live with open hands. Our lives should be more and more of letting go, of surrender, generosity, service, and worship. All of which are very difficult, if not impossible to do when our hands are too often closed. Hold things loosely.
- Jesus said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15) What stuff are you holding onto too tightly? Is it time to loosen your grip and let some things go? Hold things loosely.
- Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their crossdaily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) It’s hard to carry our cross, those things that Jesus asks us to bear for Him for His honor and glory, when our hands are full of doing our own things. Hold things loosely.
- Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Eachday has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34) Any worries you refuse to let go of? Are your hands full of cares and troubles? It’s hard for Jesus to give you good things while you are clutching to the bad. It’s hard to know peace while you hold onto turmoil. Hold things loosely.
- Jesus said, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3) Are we holding onto our here-and-now, sin-tainted, and time-restricted lives too tightly? Wouldn’t it be much better to set our hearts on and grab hold of Jesus and the glory which awaits us with Him? Hold things loosely.
“Dear Father, please give me the want-to and courage to ask you to reveal those things to which I cling too tightly. Those things which are not the best for my soul. Those things which keep me from drawing nearer to You and falling more in love with You. Those things which I’ve come to falsely believe will give me security, meaning, and peace. Help me to learn to hold the things of this world loosely and to hold onto You with all I’ve got.”