What is the most important question that we can ask of ourselves?
What if that question is a simple one?
What if it is to ask … what is keeping me from fully living the spiritual life I wish to live?
What, if anything, is keeping me from my heart’s intension?
What is standing between me and the life where I love unconditionally?
A life where I am fully at peace?
One where I do not experience brokenness in any way?
Where I have found a way to rise above the conditions and circumstances of my life?
Where I choose how I feel in every single moment, and I choose to feel and emanate ONLY LOVE? …
I have spent several weeks discussing the topic of surrender…
and REALLY asking these questions of yourself is a very powerful practice for anyone who desires to live a life of surrender.
I know when I first heard the word “Surrender” used in a conversation where people were discussing the philosophy of … ”Let Go and Let God.”
I remember feeling things like …
Give up control of my life to this God that I don’t really know all that well?
Surrender everything to this God that I have avoided for so much of my life?
That’s not safe … what if it doesn’t work out?
And isn’t that passive?
Isn’t that lazy?
Isn’t that kind of like declaring you’re a bum and you are giving up?
I didn’t like the sound or the feel of surrender …
But today I look back and I understand where I was coming from …
I was in fear.
I had very limited experience of recognizing the presence of God in my life and I had no idea that I was always a child of God.
I felt then that I could decide who and what I was in the Universe and I could control my own destiny all on my own (once I figured a few more things out) …
I just knew that someday I would figure it all out …
I was afraid of failing …
And I was petrified of giving up my perceived control of my life.
What if this God character screws it up worse than I have so far?
It all just felt pretty risky to me back then.
And I hadn’t met anyone yet, I hadn’t experienced anyone that had given themselves over to God that were living the good life.
Which is why I was so determined to write this series on surrender and share it with as many people as possible.
I want to give a name and a face to someone who chose to SURRENDER to God, and is so much better for that decision.
Being alive, being fully alive, means living a life that is awake, that is fully aware of its oneness with God.
That is what surrender is.
Being conscious of these truths and living from this perspective. Having Faith.
I surrender each day to this truth.
I Surrender my life, my talents, and all of my love to God and accept what comes my way, no matter what. I do this because it’s the only choice I truly have.
Surrender means, by definition, giving up attachment to results.
When we surrender to God, we let go of our attachment to how things happen on the outside and we become more concerned with what happens on the inside.”
You see, the only way to come to understand this truth is to experience it.
Though our hesitance and suspicion of surrender is well founded, at our deepest level we are literally starving to be filled with and sustained by a faith so strong that it can only come from what “Surrender” can bring.
“Surrender simply means keeping God’s will before our own.”
Simple … but what does that mean?
How do we keep God’s will before our own?
Practice, practice, practice … and lots of prayer and meditation!
The purpose of surrender is to help us grow beyond our self‐absorption, to cross that bridge … so that we might recognize and remember … Oh Yeah! We are not alone and we are here to learn to live our lives in service to a larger love.
Surrender is the source of all transformative faith.
It is the work of the heart and the heart of the work.
We really have no choice you know.
Life is, at best, a long slow letting go.
So let’s have fun.
Let’s rejoice, and be grateful for the experience of life …
It’s time to add “Surrender” back to our spiritual vocabulary.
Lets no longer be afraid of that word and it’s meaning.
Hopefully, we understand now where that fear comes from.
So that now we feel free to embrace and affirm spiritual surrender.
Live it every day, and in every moment.
I have enjoyed exploring this subject with you. I have learned more from these blog posts that probably anyone else has, and that has been such a blessing in my life.
I pray that you will all bring your hearts to the cross and surrender them to the only person who is worthy of that kind of trust. Our Savior.
I would love to hear how this series has helped you. I also would love to hear how you have applied the concept of surrender into your own personal life.
Please leave a comment below so we can keep this conversation alive.