New Year, New Words: “Relinquish”

There’s a little bias here as this is one of my favorite words. You know how there are just some words that are fun to write? Like “acquiesce” or “nonchalant?” No? It’s just me? Okay then.


“Relinquish” is actually so much more than just a cool word. If you have never heard it before, it means to surrender or voluntarily give up. It is an intentional action in that it doesn’t just happen. When you give something over to God, you have to choose to do it. Sometimes it takes time and you have to remind yourself that you have indeed “relinquished” it to Him.


Let me put it another way. A few years ago there was a popular Disney movie out about two princess sisters and one of them were a little obsessed with ice and snow. There was a song in the movie – maybe you heard it once or twice (HA!) – called, “Let it Go.” Besides just being an amazing song to belt out in the car, it actually has a great message. For so long Elsa was trying to be whatever she thought she was supposed to be and it led to a massive burden. Yet when she finally “let it go,” she felt free and happy for the first time in years. Now when you “let it go,” you won’t freeze a whole village (at least I hope not!) but you WILL feel happier and less burdened!


Check out this verse:

“Come to me all who are burdened and weary and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


God wants to carry our burdens. He wants us to ask Him to carry them. It shouldn’t stress YOU out to ask God to carry it for you – in fact, it should make you feel better. Being a Christian and trusting God is not a burden. It is freedom from the burden of everyday life!


Have you ever been carrying around a backpack all day long, full of books and binders, and when you finally get home and put it down, you stretch out and feel…free. That is the feeling we are supposed to have when we give something over to God. Let Him carry your load because nothing will EVER be too heavy for Him.


Let go of your worries. Surrender your fears. Relinquish your anxiety. And experience the freedom that God wants for you.


Would you be happier if just one thing was taken off your shoulders? What is stressing you out the most right now? Write it down. Draw a little balloon around it. Now close your eyes and visualize that worry as a balloon and let go of the string; watch it glide up and away. Open your eyes. Do you feel better? You should because God is happy to take that balloon from you. Pray that God helps you have strength and wisdom in dealing with whatever was in the balloon but as far as the worry goes, let God take that. Visualizing things is a really good way to remind yourself of something you are trying to learn. Every time you think of this stress this week, imagine that balloon and “relinquishing” it to God.


Matthew 11:28-30, Philippians 3:12-14, 1 Peter 5:7



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