The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. - Psalms 28:7 (NLT)
Its not something you will read in a business book or hear in business school. Its not even something that comes natural to many of us as leaders in our home and at work. But when applied daily, the practice of surrendering your life to the LORD brings clarity of focus, peace of mind, and strength of heart.
If you are like me the idea of surrendering to anything is very difficult. I have my plans, my goals, my schedule, and my priorities that guide me each day - they are the filter through which I make decisions - they motivate me to work hard. To surrender these goes against every natural inclination I have. It feels like giving up, losing, or failing.
What if surrendering to the LORD, meant something different? What if surrendering to the LORD opened doors instead of closed them - brought you closer to God - improved your relationships?
I'm learning that surrendering to LORD is difficult and humbling, but not impossible. I don't know how to do it perfectly but I'm discovering it requires me to come before the LORD and say,
"Here are my ideas, my passions, the desires of my heart, and the goals I want to achieve. Help me to know how these align with your will and plans for my life - show me LORD which ones I should pursue."
When you take this approach then you show God honor and respect. You let him know that its not just a few areas of your life that you release to him, but that you desire to open your heart, soul and ambitions to him. For him to rule over every thing you say and do each day.
This is a scary place to get to in your walk with the LORD. Its a place that requires a cost in your discipleship. It is a place that forces a confrontation between your rights, your needs, your desires and those of a living, loving, and sovereign God that has a plan and purpose for your life.
I know for me, when I choose not to surrender to the LORD, I find myself trying to solve my own problems, create my own blessings, and attempting to change the people I love and serve. Inevitably this leads to frustration, disappointment, sadness, and for me anger. Anger that then turns to pessimism - a hardened heart - and takes away the joy of being a child of a loving and caring Father.
When I read Psalms 28:7, I am reminded of the need to surrender daily. I am reminded that while surrendering to the LORD makes me feel naked and exposed, that I have nothing to fear because "The Lord is my strength and shield". He will protect me and keep me safe - he will guard my heart and build my faith and trust in Him.
Because of this, when I head out each day to lead my family, serve my clients, and engage the world around me I am able to be filled with joy and thanksgiving, not fear and anxiousness. None of this would be possible though, if I did not start my day by surrendering to the LORD.
LORD, I surrender to you today. Not just my faith, my religion, my family, but all of me. My career, my ambitions, my goals, my needs, you get it all. I put it at your feet knowing that you will be my strength and shield. Holy Spirit, increase my faith and trust in you. Help me to come before you humbly each day, surrendering to your will not pushing my agenda. Jesus, thank you for setting the example of choosing the will of God - for showing us that sacrifice will be required but that surrendering to the LORD brings an indescribable joy. Let this be so, in my life and leadership. Amen.
Questions To Consider
- What fears arise when you think about surrendering your entire life and leadership to the LORD?
- Is there an area of your life that you need to surrender to the LORD?
- What blessings have you experienced in the past from fully surrendering your life to the LORD?
Make it a great day!