How many of us have a hard time letting go of things? I know that I do, and even when I let go, I have a hard time actually removing it from my mind. Recently I told Joe that he needed to shake the dust off of his feet and move on, and he was confused about what I was talking about.
He and I have both been involved in boards and organizations and we love serving our community. When you’ve been on a board or head of a committee, you usually get in a grove. Another way of saying this is, you get set in your way. You know how things work, and you like it that way. Stagnant is another way of looking at it. If you aren’t willing to try new ways, new methods, or new ideas, then you jeopardize the entire organization.
Letting go of control is hard, and realizing that you need to step away from a project that you have spent so much time and energy on is even harder. Even if you step away from the organization, sometimes it is hard to have your mind step away. You will watch what the new people are doing and second guess every move instead of completely letting go.
This recently happened with Joe, and when I told him that he had to shake the dust off of his feet, he didn’t get the reference.
11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
When the disciples set off on their first ministry and Jesus gave them several instructions. He told them not to take any gold, silver, or copper, and not to take a bag with an extra shirt, sandals, or a staff. The rest of His instructions was based on how the disciples were received. Jesus told the disciples to “shake the dust off your feet” if the town did not welcome or listen to them.
Jesus was telling the disciples to not take anything from the town they were leaving, including the dust on their feet. He wanted them to put the last town out of their minds, and concentrate on the coming town instead. Proclaiming His Word was their mission, and if the past town was not receptive, they needed to go to the next town and the results might be different.
Letting go is not easy for most of us. Whether it is an offense by a friend, a job that we didn’t get, responsibilities, or any past situation that keeps occupying our mind, we need to LET IT GO.
When you go to bed tonight, try shaking your feet before you climb into the bed. Let go of what has been following you, and instead, lean into God. He will take the burden from you and you can enjoy the peace that He gives you instead.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!