The other day I was preparing a lesson to teach the kids at church. As I was writing the instructions for their activity, I was challenged to evaluate how well I succeed doing the very thing I was asking them to pursue.
On an index card, the children were to write down one item that is important to them. Then they are instructed to release and drop that card, explaining why they should let go of that item and share how hard or easy it would be to do so. Finally, the children are asked to determine something positive and God honoring that they would then put into their lives to fill that gap in order to replace the dropped item.
As the children release their cards, of course they are not actually removing those items from their lives. They will hopefully begin to understand priorities, though. It is far too easy to give certain activities and possessions power over our lives. We are never too young to begin learning that lesson.
Since I believe it is a good practice to do what I ask the kids to do, I contemplated what is in my life that I can release, drop and then replace. As adults, are we prepared to reflect and re-evaluate the items in which we invest? I think it is important to do this. How else can we be assured that our activities and material things are good for us as well as those around us? As we discover what we should remove, we then have an opportunity to fill that open space with something more valuable and meaningful.
So let us make our own lists! Here is part of mine to get the ball rolling. I want to release and drop from my life fear and anxiousness. Since Alan’s death, I have experienced being afraid and worrying about certain things such as being alone, my finances, taking care of the house and the future.
I choose to replace that fear and anxiousness, by remembering what the Bible says about trusting God and not worrying and being afraid. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by 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)
It is now your turn. Begin your journey to release and drop those harmful and joy-stealing things that have worked their way into your daily life. Then have fun and find freedom in replacing them with better choices. I believe you will find those new choices more beneficial for you and for those around you.
I have confidence that you can do this! Drop away!!!
Until next time –