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When I was in school, I hated group projects. Not because I didn’t like working with others, I’m very social by nature, I start up conversations with strangers and my dad is fond of saying I’d
argue talk with a fence post if it talked back.
But when we were assigned a group project and our grade was determined by the entire group’s effort, I instantly tensed up. Inevitably, there were always a few people in the group who didn’t do their fair share of the work. It wasn’t the extra work that bothered me, it was knowing my grade was in the hands of others.
Giving up control is something I struggle with. Slowly, God is working on me to surrender to Him. Bit by bit, person by person, situation by situation, I’m handing it over. I didn’t begin to see my writing career take off until I finally surrendered it to Him.
But there are certain things I keep trying to take back from Him. Most of the time, I don’t realize I’ve tried to take it back until the friction cramps my hands and rubs my skin raw. And then God reminds me that I’m the one who is hindering His aid.
Like a dirty window blocks the light, when we don’t surrender to God, we block Him from helping us. Tweet this
I don’t know about you, but my new prayer is to surrender to Him daily.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (NIV) Luke 9:23
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.