When to Fold & When to Hold


When to Fold and When to Hold

 

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~Havelock Ellis~

 

Throughout our daily lives, we are repeatedly challenged to make the correct choices regarding those things to release and let go of, and those to stand firm on and cling to. The sooner we learn to let go of the improper thoughts, attitudes, relationships and behaviors (based in fear), that do not serve us, and remain steadfast in faith, hope and love, the easier navigating life's ups and downs becomes. It is only then, that an abiding sense of peace and joy can be maintained, come what may.

 

Then Job arose and rent his robe and shaved his head and fell down upon the ground and worshiped and said, Naked (without possessions) came I [into this world] from my mother's womb, and naked (without possessions) shall I depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed (praised and magnified in worship) be the name of the Lord! In all this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly...Then his wife said to him, do you still hold fast your blameless uprightness? Renounce God and die! But he said to her, you speak as one of the impious and foolish women would speak. What? Shall we accept [only] good at the hand of God and shall we not accept [also] misfortune and what is of a bad nature? In [spite of] all this, Job did not sin with his lips...And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ~Job 1:20-22, 2:9-10, 42:10 (Amp)~ Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. ~Collosians 3:12-15 (NLT)~

 

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