Holding on

“Hang on tight!” is something I heard a lot growing up. Maybe it was so I wouldn’t let go of a hand meant to help me cross the street or a treasure I didn’t want to lose.

Today, “Hang on tight!” is what I hear sometimes from my fear. I am afraid of letting something go that I have gotten used to having, whether it be a circumstance, a person, a routine, whatever. How do I know that my life will be okay if something changes?

I confront my fear with God’s truth, by being open to His will and His leading. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 NASB

What I treasure here on earth that does not glorify God just isn’t worth it. I’ve often equated those treasures as strictly possessions. But I’ve been thinking about the other “treasures” we have here on earth that aren’t possessions, things that we value that have turned into sin. Wanting to be safe turns into worshiping security. Having high standards can change to demanding perfection from others and yourself. Wanting to have a good reputation can turn into people-pleasing and pride.

So, I ask God to help me to hear His voice, to open my hand of my “treasures”, and to hang on tight to Him.

This post is part of a weeklong series for the #hopewriterlife New Year Writing Challenge from @hopewriters. Today’s theme was #open.

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