Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Take Hold Part 2

While it may seem invigorating to let go when riding a rollercoaster fulfilling a God-given dream requires more of a firm grip.

Grip: to seize or hold firmly

All that stood between me and a piece of sliced sharp cheddar was a blue line. I never thought much about how to make a sandwich: Take the bread out, open the jar of mayonnaise, pull the lunch meat out of the container, unzip the cheese bag...and there it stopped. As my injured hand recovered I had not yet graduated to unzipping the cheese (which is better than cutting it I guess...yes I just went there).

The sliced cheese, I had recently purchased, was sealed in a plastic wrap and the "starter tear" (the "so called" conveniently placed rip which should aid the chef) was taunting me to give it a "good tug". My "good tug" turned into a full body workout as I hammered my elbow on top of the package and the container and began to pull at the bag with my right thumb and forefinger. The little "starter tear" only taunted me. Pieces of plastic stripping flung from the bag while the cheese stayed safely tucked inside behind its blue lined seal. Frustration began to build but still no cheddar emerged.
Then I remembered who was in charge and it was not the cheese or the ziplock bag. I laughed at myself and scoffed at my opponent, shaking my finger, "You do not win." Pulling open a drawer I reached in grabbed another tool. This time I gently held up the cheese package and introduced it to my friend - the kitchen scissors. Shortly, I was enjoying my lunch in peace.

"Test all things, hold fast what is good."
(1 Thes. 5:21 NKJV)

Did I pass the test? If the test was opening the cheese I would say - yes - with some personal challenges. If the test was keeping my peace I would say - yes - with some personal challenges. Sometimes in life we are tested physically, but even more times we will be tested in attitude. Even when our physical grip is not where it needs to be we can still hold fast, quick, strong, and long because our grip comes from within. If our grip begins to slip we must examine if what we are holding onto is good. God is good and when we hold fast to Him it is amazing what else we are not soon to let go of.

Join me over the next few weeks as I share thoughts of how to "Take Hold" of your God-given dream.

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