“….thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The Lord’s prayer in part where we surrender our notion of being in charge, of knowing all, of always having to have things go our way, of insisting on having the last word, of constantly trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. The part where we forgo a bit of ourselves and submit to God’s way of doing things; where we simply and fully surrender to God.
Some people won’t give up the fight; they refuse to give in. This is great when what we are fighting for protects innocent people or helps the poor and weak. But what about when we are fighting only to win no matter the outcome? When we lose sight of the cause because of the score board it’s time to put down the gloves and bring out the heart.
I use to think people who surrendered gave up on life. They were quitters, abandoning their fight, always first to wave the white flag, succumbing to their cold feet, never really trying. Then I got to know some of these people and found out differently. These people surrendered but surrendered to God’s will by trusting what is right and just. Sacrificing their needs for others as true Christians by maintaining God’s will.
If at the end of the day we feel more like we are fighting an uphill battle than enjoying life on earth a change needs to be put into play. Possibly the moment has arrived for some surrendering of one’s own accord. It might be time to discard a way of living where we are always right, where we wait for the other to back down, where we challenge everything, where we just won’t give in or give.
A hundred years from now will it really matter if come black Friday we end up having to circle the parking lot a few times because someone was saving a spot even though there is an unwritten law that all shoppers know one cannot save parking spots? No, this probably won’t amount to a hill of beans even two minutes after the incident, but it might matter quite a bit if we were to insult and harm another over something so nothing. We have the choice to be better, to rise above pettiness; it could be something easy like yielding to a Grandma in line who has to take it slow, who can’t whiz in and out anymore like us able bodies.
If you are going to fight; fight for the innocent, the weak, and the poor. Don’t fight to win at all costs. Submit to God’s will. People of God surrender little things that turn into big things a hundred years from now.
Surrender Dorothy, and Molly, and Duncan, and Gloria, and Scott, and whoever else so desires to jump on the band wagon. There’s lot of room.
Surrender to “….thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.