The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
It was the strangest thing, but the other day I was reading my emails and this came up as the Goodreads quote of the day and I really felt something when I read it, like it was meant for me. Later, I was reading a book and that same quote was used in the book. After that, I really felt like it was a message for me. It’s made me think about all the ways I give up power and how I can stop doing it. I’m not sure yet exactly how it applies or what I should do, but man, it’s still making me think and feel something. I’m not really ready to share all the ways I give up power, but I don’t think that’s the important part. I think the important part is that I’m learning about myself or, at least, opening up my eyes. I think it’s something that we should all think about. How do I give up my power? Who or what do I give it up to? When should I and when shouldn’t I? I bet if you spend even 5 minutes thinking about it, you’ll be surprised at what pops into your head.
It goes along with a topic from Dynamic Catholic’s Daily Food For Thought from this past Monday. This is another coincidence because the quote above was from the very next day.
Jesus came to set us free, but as men and women we keep putting ourselves back into slavery – food, sex, money, gluttony, debt, etc. Recognize your slavery and allow God to liberate you from it.
from The Narrow Path by Matthew Kelly
Basically, these are things that we give our power to and we become slaves to them. We need to stop giving up our power. I did a bible study on exactly that topic a few years back and it was amazing. Breaking Free by Beth Moore is the bible study. I highly recommend it! I would be very surprised if I didn’t write some posts about that bible study. I couldn’t find any that mentioned it by name, but here is one that I’m pretty sure was inspired by that bible study. I found the book downstairs and I plan to review it during Lent and hopefully be inspired and strengthened by its message.
Be free! Be strong! and quit giving away your power! When you come across a particularly moving quote or words that inspire you or move you in some way, pay attention. There just might be a message there just for you.
Have a great weekend!