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LEARNING TO SHAKE THE DUST OFF MY FEET

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.

Matthew 10:11-14

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!

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  1. Cynthia wrote:

    Gods word is always on time! Thanks for bringing it. I announced my retirement yesterday from a job I’ve held for 35 years. There’s so much dust…..this might take a while 😉

    Posted 5.1.21 Reply
  2. Linda Bradford wrote:

    A friend of mine had shared your blog on Facebook and I have been reading your blogs for about a month now. When I saw it this morning and read about your email problem, I figured it was a nudge for me to sign up!! I love reading your blogs, they put a smile on my face! You are an inspiration!

    Posted 4.29.21 Reply
  3. Cynthia Willis wrote:

    I totally understand the reference and the implication. I had a former friend that I had to let go, a painful decision, but one necessary to my own well being. This friend managed to keep things stirred up and never saw their own toxicity. I tried repeatedly, to no avail and had to shake the dust. Some people/relationships we cannot fix and should let them go.

    Posted 4.26.21 Reply
  4. Cindy wrote:

    I so loved your Sunday blog. Shake of the dust from your shoes. What a great reminder! If the disciples did it why shouldn’t we?

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  5. Cheryl wrote:

    Wise words today! Enoy your Sunday!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  6. Diane S. wrote:

    Yes, Yes YES! So needed to hear this today!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  7. Robin wrote:

    Needed to read this today! Thanks for posting Gods message.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  8. Susan wrote:

    Excellent lesson today. Very relevant as my husband just retired. He has much to shake off.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  9. Carole wrote:

    One of the best things I ever did was to find you gurl!!! Thanks for your wisdom, fashion and good old common since.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  10. ELIZABETH wrote:

    I really enjoyed this!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  11. Nancy wrote:

    I work in two different locations as part of my job and one of them makes my life very difficult. I have to work SO hard just to be able to do my job. Every day when I leave, I mentally shake the dust from feet and get my mind cleared and ready for the rest of my day.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  12. Sandy Mc wrote:

    I certain understand what you speak of in this article. It’s difficult to let go in other types of situations as well. Our minds try to continually remind us of what happened sometimes years ago. Something that helps me is to remind myself just HOW MANY years ago that happened and it hasn’t happened since. Then I say to myself, “it’s ok to let go”. Thanks Tania, very sweet.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  13. Kelly Novak Montano wrote:

    Words of wisdom, control is the key word. When you give up control you actually give yourself freedom.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  14. Kellie wrote:

    This sentiment is something I need to hear. Control is my middle name. Thank you for the reminder to let go.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  15. Julie L wrote:

    Such a well timed thought. I appreciate this reminder and the scriptures. Have a lovely Sunday!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  16. Ellene wrote:

    I hope you teach a Bible class- you get the Word across so well!! Thank you for being a shining light!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  17. Terri Davis wrote:

    Tania-how are you a fashion guru and a women’s minister too?!! You are amazing and I needed that “shake it off” & “let it go” this morning! Love you.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  18. Amy wrote:

    Thanks, Tania! Sometimes that dust gathers more dust and gets heavier and heavier until we are dragging around some giant mud soled shoes. I know what Tawni means by being hurt by someone in the church…it seems to cut so much deeper! It’s like being cheated by someone who knows the rules!! I guess those are the hardest lessons in loving one another. Why do I hear Taylor Swift singing SHAKE IT OFF in my head?!! Hahaha. God Bless all of you!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  19. Anita wrote:

    Love your emails and your personality. Thank you for loving our Great God. Have a wonderful Sunday!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  20. Janice C wrote:

    Excellent advice…too often we hold on to the past and it hurts ourselves and others. Thank you for reminding us that we need to be mindful of this daily.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  21. Fiona wrote:

    What a lovely way to put this.
    I need to do this with a number of things but it is hard.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  22. RORY wrote:

    Thank you. I needed that today. You are the best.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  23. Vicki L Werley wrote:

    Thanks Tania, I need to shake off the dust. Perfect time.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  24. Margie wrote:

    Our Heavenly Father always gives the best advice! How amazing things would be if we only listened to Him! Thanks, Tania!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
    • Delilah wrote:

      Thank you I needed this today!

      Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  25. Tawni wrote:

    This is so timely. I was ‘ghosted’ recently by someone I thought was a friend (of many years) The pain and psychological torment is hard to overcome. When those who hurt you are in the church and don’t follow biblical protocol, the pain is intensified. I needed this reminder to instead of getting angry…..just shake the dust off of my feet. Thank you so much!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
    • Donna wrote:

      Thank you for such thought provoking words. I sat and contemplated your words and felt such a peaceful feeling. I felt His presence

      Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  26. Donna Wood wrote:

    Such a great reminder, Tania! It’s so easy to let my feet get dusty…time to move along!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  27. Misty wrote:

    Thank you for this word. I needed this! Made me cry.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  28. Cheryl S wrote:

    Good word! Thank you!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
    • Shelley wrote:

      Thank you for this reminder. Exactly what I needed today. I can now move forward in peace. May God continue to bless you and your family.

      Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  29. Carla wrote:

    That’s a good word!! Thanks

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  30. The Southern Pearl Girl wrote:

    Thank you Tania. This is so timely for me and I believe that was God’s plan.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  31. Cheryll wrote:

    Very good advice.

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  32. Lois Munn wrote:

    Wonderful post!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
    • Anita wrote:

      Great advice!

      Posted 4.25.21 Reply
  33. Regina wrote:

    Much needed words right now…thank you!

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply
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