Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday.
The word for today’s writing is “abandon”, and my first thoughts are of a negative nature; pictures I’ve seen of abandoned animals, or worse yet, stories of neglected and unloved children come to mind.
When I read the definitions, abandon includes the following:
- to cease to support or look after
- leave without intending to return
- give up completely (a practice or a course of action)
- allow oneself to indulge,
- complete lack of inhibition or restraint (noun)
When I think about my life, there are many things that should definitely be abandoned. Some of them may feel like new fears or feelings, but many more are things I’ve carried with me for my whole life.
I desire to give up fears and doubts, negative thinking and self-talk, complaining, pride and striving in my own strength, holding onto hurts, making poor decisions based on feelings, and other emotions, thought patterns and actions that do not bring life.
As a Christian, my decision to follow Christ includes the abandonment of many things; but not for my harm or lack of enjoyment. God asks me to give up those things that would hurt me or someone else, or hinder me from personal growth. He asks me to prioritize following him and doing those things that would give him glory.
The verse that came up in my daily devotional was Colossians 4:2,
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
When we devote ourselves to those things that truly matter and follow the loving plan of the One who created us, it will bring life and peace. We will not long for the things we’ve chosen to abandon, because they don’t bring real fulfillment.
One of the worship songs I’m practicing for Sunday morning is called Fully Devoted.
The chorus speaks of being fully devoted to and following after the One who gave his life for me. The song reminds me to step out in faith without fear, and share the wonderful gift of God’s love with the world.
“Fully devoted we follow after
The one who gave it all
Christ alone be praised
No matter what it takes for the glory of your name
Christ alone be praised
We are stepping out in faith so the world will know your name
Christ along be praised”
You may listen to the whole song here:
I wish to abandon the things that only bring temporary satisfaction and don’t promote life and growth. I desire to embrace all that God has for me, and to share his good gifts with those around me.
Only when I abandon the things I do not need will I have room in my heart and life for the things that are truly good.
And that’s a sacrifice worth making.