Chapter Four - Desire Of Your Heart

I held on to what I wanted through mentoring. Joy taught me how to let go. If she could do it, so could I. I held on by letting go.

10. Let Him do what you can’t

Sometimes I hold on to something so tightly my knuckles are white. I am too afraid to let go. The verse, and He is before all things, and in Him all things consist (Col 1:17), has enabled me to loosen my grip on my way. Even when I’ve done all I can, there will still be times when I feel like I’ve hit a roadblock in my relationship or my efforts aren’t enough. Painting a picture of Jesus holding everything together helps me to let Him handle my problem.

I really believe I walk this life alone with Jesus. Joy won’t be standing there with me on Judgment Day. I will stand alone with Jesus. This means only I can take responsibility for my own attitudes and actions. However, I’ll see her just beyond the cross, waving at me and waiting for me so we can catch up!

The first three steps in my recovery program say, “I can’t. God can. I think I’ll let Him.” God gives, God takes away. It’s all about Him, not me. The essence of my walk with Jesus and His keeping me in a recovery mode is learning that life revolves around Him and not me.

Naomi and Ruth perfectly personify these 10 mentoring tips in the Book of Ruth. Living in a land of famine, Ruth’s desire was to follow God. “In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem of Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, his wife, and his two sons. That man’s name was Elimelech and his wife’s name was Naomi and his two sons were named Mahlon [invalid] and Chilion [pining]; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah. They went to the country of Moab and continued there. But Elimelech, who was Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her tow sons. And they

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