Thursday, June 2, 2011

On Hold

Do you ever feel stuck?

You have big dreams, hopes, and plans...but nothing's happening.

You have aspirations for advancement at work...but no raise or promotion are in sight.

You have a vision of your marriage and how it should/could/would be...but it's mediocre.

You have a mental picture of how your kids will act, what they will become, who they will be...but they're the same old bickering bunch of monkeys day after day.

You have a commission from God to do mighty things for His Kingdom...but no one seems to be seeking you out.

You have a financial freedom plan outlined...but the cycle of debt seems endless.

Your passions, ideas, and wishes all seem to be in a perpetual state of on hold. (cue elevator music version of the classic 80s rock genre)

You find yourself wondering...
      Is anything ever going to happen?!
      Did I hear wrong?
      Do I need to adjust my goals?
      Maybe it's time to just give up and move on.


Three failed adoption attempts leave a couple discouraged, defeated, and hopeless that they'll ever have the family they've dreamed of.

Fifteen years of prayer and enduring a marriage to an alcoholic, a husband wonders if he heard wrong when he thought God promised restoration.

Years of emptiness, loneliness, and the demands of being the only one, a single mother loses hope that God can do anything in her life but simply get her through.

Passed over for a raise...again...he loses hope that he'll ever be more than just a labourer.


When you're on hold, this is the time that you must let go.

Let go of that which ties you down to this world. Let go of the lie that happiness can only be found in earthly success. Let go of the idea that you are in control.

A man stopped Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"

"If you want to give it all you've got," Jesus replied, "go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me."

That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crest-fallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn't bear to let go.

~ Matthew 19:16, 21-22 (Msg)

When you're on hold, this is the time that you must hold on.

Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don't really believe me.

Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don't let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.

~ John 6:35-38 (Msg)

Hold on to the One who holds your dreams in His hands. Hold on to the only Source of hope and joy. Hold on and don't let go.

When life is stuck on hold, and you're haunted by what could have been but is not and never appears to be - let go. And then hold on.

Is there something that you need to let go of today? Are you holding on to the right thing?


  1. Beautiful. Just...beautiful. I love you. :)

  2. I just love it how God gives you just what you need, just when you need. This morning this post was part of that. I spent some time over coffee with my sweetie and concluded it was time for me to set some goals and gain some focus to eliminate the 'F' word....Failure from my daily thought process...holding on to Him will get me there!!
    Merci ;-)

  3. Regarding things we hold on to ...

    My trouble is this: I continually lay things down at the foot of the cross, and decide I need to pick them back up again.


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