What do you think of when you hear the word “Surrender”? If I were to venture a guess, I would say that the word probably has a negative connotation for you. Maybe phrases like “Raising the white flag,” “Throwing in the towel,” or “Giving up” come to mind.
What if I told you that Surrender doesn’t have to be negative? Consider these words: relinquish; acceptance; release; letting go.
Suddenly, Surrender doesn’t sound so bad; rather, it sounds a lot like Relief. A little perspective, and choosing how we see the world, changes everything.
At Living Hope, we choose to see the world through the lens of Hope, and we accomplish that by implementing 8 specific Practices – the Practices of Surrender, Stillness, Grief, Honesty, Curiosity, Forgiveness, Resilience, and Joy. These Practices all work together, one leading into the other, as an active process in the pursuit of Hope.
As unlikely as it may seem right now, Surrender is the first step in your journey of healing and Hope. Surrender is the opportunity to submit to what you cannot control and accept what is meant to be.
It’s human nature to allow expectations to shape and define our experience and identity; but these expectations are fully self-imposed, and often, they are shaped by what we desperately long for.
What are you trying to force into existence? What are you holding on to?
Begin your Practice of Surrender by identifying what you are trying to manipulate into existence and letting go of the burden of the impossible task of forcing it to happen. Relinquish the need to control your circumstances and trust that life will unfold as it is intended and, ultimately, to your benefit.