Let Go of “Independent” to Find a Richer Life
I’m an independent person. I don’t like to ask for help. I usually try to figure things out on my own, and I’ve discovered that it’s kind of a lonely place to be. Do you struggle with this?
God is teaching me a different way. He is teaching me to let go of my independence and to depend on Him more, even in all of the small stuff, and to reach out to others as well.
Dependence and Community.
That’s the way God designed us! He designed us to be connected with Him and with others. He designed us to work together, not alone, and it is so much better!
I generally pray to God about the BIG STUFF, but I’ve always figured that I could worry about the small stuff on my own. It’s not so much that I don’t think God cares about the small things or that I can’t trust Him with the small things, it’s more that I just figure I can take care of it myself and not bother Him with it.
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I’ve noticed that when I ask God for help with the small stuff, my relationship with Him deepens even more than when I see Him at work in my life in the big stuff. It’s almost as though it makes me feel more special. When I see His hand at work in the small stuff, I think to myself, “Wow! God loves me so much that He not only cares about this small part of my life, but He also has chosen to take the time to be with me in it and help me!”
Have you ever felt that? It’s a pretty cool feeling.
What about reaching out to others? Are you a person who tries to do everything on your own or do you look for help from others? Again, I fall into the camp that doesn’t want to bother anyone else. Sometimes I think that they don’t want to be bothered, they don’t have time, or I should be able to do it on my own.
However, when I reach out to others, my life becomes richer. It allows me to be known better by others and it allows me to get to know them better. Just like in my relationship with God, reaching out to others allows my relationships with them to deepen as well.
How do you think that depending more on God and reaching out to others will give you a richer life?
Here’s what it has done for me:
- I am more aware of God in my day to day life
- I feel closer to God as a result
- I grow deeper friendships with others
- I’m less focused on myself
- I’m more open to God’s transforming work in my life
- I’m more open to God using others in my life
If you tend to be an independent type like me, I encourage you to begin inviting both God and others into the small stuff of your life. I know from experience, your life will be richer as a result! I’d love to hear from you! Share with me in the comment section below how God has worked in the small stuff of your life.
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