Aaron taught a great lesson at Celebrate Recovery last Monday. The concept he taught me was: I am to stop striving to change my faults and let Jesus do it. Or, (Something I dismissed many years ago as being too easy to be true): Let go, and let God.
I first heard it from an older female member of our Bible study group in the late 1980’s. I dismissed her as being too old to know anything (She was about my age now). Of course I was a sexist, and an elderist, and I didn’t know enough to know I didn’t know enough.
So a whole new freedom is opening up. I can stop the unwinnable war of trying to change myself in my own strength.
Jesus, lead me!
My original run/walk/crawl strategy is evolving as I gain more experience. It is now a walk/crawl strategy and may possibly de-volve to just a crawl strategy concession. I have given up attempting to run until there is less of me going in the opposite direction as the rest of me (I think that’s what I meant). I have thrown the “schedule” out and am resting a day between walking. I walked 6 miles in about 2 hours with four 50 foot climbs over four 0.2 mile hills. I also walked for about one hour, covering 3 miles with seven 50 foot climbs along the way. I haven’t lost any weight but I am much stronger than when I started.
But these accomplishments are nothing compared to what young kids do carrying jerrycans of water for nearly all day every day (the water weighing in, I would guess, at about 40 lbs. The kids carrying about 50% their body weight (I can’t even lift 50% of my body weight!)).
You can free a child from carrying dirty, diseased water for miles each day, and put her/him in a classroom instead, beginning the permanent freeing of the whole village, when they can now lift themselves from generational poverty.
No gift is too small, no gift is too large, they are all just right!