In our journey through life, we tend to think of surrender as a negative thing. For instance if I surrender, I’ll be taken prisoner in some way. Our American culture even teaches us to value our freedom and independence above all else. However, the reality is that surrender is the key to a successful life. If you are a believer, it’s also a vital part of the Christian walk. A lack of surrender can cause us to get stuck in our journey, leading to anger and a desire to control everything around us.
Mark joins me in this episode because surrender is a big part of our story. Surrender is an important thing not only to understand for big things but to recognize the role it should play in our day-to-day.
Join Mark and I as we share:
- How surrender and control are connected
- Why it’s okay that God’s plan doesn’t always make sense
- What it looks like to let go of doing things your way
- And more!
We pray this episode is helpful to you today!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- [BOOK] I Really Messed Up by Mark Savage
- “Life on the Edge of Normal” Newsletter
- Life on the Edge of Normal (A Life Update!) | Episode 67
- As a thank you for listening, get your 3 free eBooks.
My Key Takeaways:
1) Surrender recognizes that someone else is in charge. Many of us struggle with accepting that our lives are not fully within our control. When we surrender, we are saying that someone else is in charge (God) and we are trusting God to lead in our daily life. This is a process, and it’s important that we daily give Him the keys to our life.
2) Surrender doesn’t always make sense. We tend to resist surrender because it can mean giving up the plans we have. God’s plan often goes against what makes sense at the moment, as He is at work in ways that we can’t imagine. So surrender means accepting the plan God has for you even if it seems counterintuitive at the time.
3) Jesus gave us the best example of surrender. God’s own son, Jesus, wasn’t exempt from practicing surrender in His earthly life. Jesus gave up His own will to fulfill the plan God the Father had for Him. We can see this in Scripture in the Garden of Gethsemane before He went to the cross when Jesus cried out to God the Father, saying, “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
Would you like to be notified by email when a new No More Perfect Podcast episode releases? Just fill in your name and email and we’ll make sure you’re in the know!