And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:32


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If It Don't Come Easy, You Gotta Let It Go

It’s been more than twenty years since Tanya Tucker came out with her hit, but the song’s message lives on: If it don’t come easy, you gotta let it go.

She was talking about relationships, but how often are we tempted to apply the same principle to eating?

Bored with my boundaries? Gotta let it go.

Tired of renewing my mind? Gotta let it go.

Frustrated with the whole battle? Gotta let it go.

The song is fun, but I’m not sure it’s scriptural.

Think of what Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me. *

That doesn’t sound like a Man who would say, If it don’t come easy, you gotta let it go.

We all have days we want to let it go.

Those are the days we need to renew our minds more than ever. Press into God. Let Him replace those song lyrics running through our minds with the truth of His Word.

And always remember: If it don’t come easy, it’s an opportunity to grow. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

To think about: Are boundaries usually easy to follow, or do have to give up something to follow them? Is Christ usually easy to follow, or do you usually have to give up something to follow Him?

*Matthew 16:24

P.S. You may have noticed I'm back to writing my blog. It's not coming easy, but I'm going to try not to let it go!

P.P. S. If you want to watch a good video by Francis Chan on growing through trials, check out this link: The Holy Spirit's Power and Our Effort - Part One.

4 comments:

Jean said...

Great post!

Barb said...

Thanks, Jean.

eliz said...

Glad to "see" you writing again! I've missed reading your posts.
(((HUGS))) Your encouragement is a blessing!

Barb said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. I'm actually looking forward to writing this time! I've made a "renewing the mind" project of writing for the last few weeks (working on the great big blob of issues that feed into the emotions that make me not want to write), and God has been busy teaching me, convicting me, rebuking me, and loving me. I can feel some of those things beginning to slide off me and the result is a desire to write. :)