In Alcoholics Anonymous, they describe surrender in three steps, writes my friend Deb K. in her blogpost, Raise the White Flag!
1. I can't do it.
2. God can.
3. I will let Him.
"I've walked this road before with my husband, Randy, as he struggled to find freedom from his addiction to alcohol. And as I struggled to let go, to finally admit there wasn't anything I could do to fix or change him," she says.
"It's funny how we think we have the power to help someone else choose life over an addiction or other destructive behaviors.
Fear got in the way of my ability to surrender my husband. I believed I
had the power to decide for him. I thought if I let go of Randy, he
would die. That's a scary place to put ourselves in - and rather
presumptuous. Do I really think I have that kind of power?"
Readers, have you ever come face to face with the power of surrender? Have you seen it set you free?
See also my posts on "The gospel of not good enough."
The prequel: Asking for Direction(s)
Part 1: Waving the White Flag of Surrender
Part 2: Best Week of Your Life
Part 3: Pretty, Popular, Good