Matthew 16:25: “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Personally, I’ve been a health nut for as long as I can remember. Eating healthy, working out have been non-negotiables. All in all, I have taken good care of my body as best as I could. All through my life, however, I’ve been battling a chronic cough, and my lung function has progressively diminished over the years. My husband Bill and I have spent an inordinate amount of time and money in medical services to find out what exactly is causing this situation. We have learned it the hard way that we had to let go of this battle.

Presently, we are no longer looking for a diagnosis. Instead, we are learning how to manage my symptoms better. This is a powerful release of all anxiousness connected with medical procedures, tests, doctor’s visits and looming medical bills. Best of all, we are able to move on with our lives.

There is a time for holding on, and there is a time for letting go. Holding on to dear life, I have survived three open heart surgeries in the past ten years. This gave Bill and me additional years together, which we both consider borrowed time. However, in order to make the best use of the time allotted to us, I find it equally important to learn to let go. By letting go of my health concerns we can turn our attention to the things the Lord puts in our hands for us to do – and let Him worry about the rest. Living like that is finding life.

Letting go is the key to mental sanity. We get unstuck that way. Turns out, “Letting go and letting God” is no empty byword at all. It represents a life style that leads to peace.