I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

Ephesians 1:18-19

Do your best in your relationships, do your best at your job, and you do your best if you’re in ministry … but in the end, stop trying to control and manipulate people, and stop trying to control and manipulate outcomes. When you abandon outcomes, you’re able to trust that even if you did your best but didn’t get what you wanted, God has something better in store for you. You see, so much of letting go is the posture of the open hand. When you let go of something in the Kingdom of God, you’re actually opening your hands to receive something new. In Christianity, we call this the Pasqual mystery (or the Easter mystery). In order to receive life, I have to first experience some sort of death in my life. We’re so afraid of death and loss that we can’t let go of the old things in order to inherit the new things God has for us. For some of us, we’re holding on so tight, and God is saying, “Unclench your fists, let go, let go so that I can give you something new and awesome. I know it hurts; I know it’s been hard. But you can trust me. I’m going to take care of you.”


God, I want to open my hands to receive the good things you have for me.


How can you take on the posture of an open hand?

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