“Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop” is the title of a little book by John Mason.
I read it years ago, but I recently came across it again. It’s a neat little book filled with 52 golden nuggets of two pages each. Mason’s goal is to help us rise above mediocrity. Get more out of life. And discover a new momentum for living.
Many of the chapter titles encapsulate simple spiritual truths that are obvious. But often we fail to apply. Here are a few:
Nugget #15—“If You Don’t Do it, You Don’t Really Believe it.”
Nugget #21—““Don’t Measure Yourself with Another Man’s Coat.”
Nugget #25–“Be the First to Forgive.”
Nugget #31—‘No Person is More Cheated than the Selfish Man”
Nugget #35–“Envy Never Enriched Anyone”
Nugget #37″You Can Never Trust God Too Much”
Nugget #41 “Measure Your Life By Its Donation, Not Duration”
Nugget #45 “If God is Your Father, Please Call Home”
Nugget #52 “Everyone Needs a Faith-Lift”
There are some great nuggets of wisdom in just the chapter titles! But John Mason is not the only one who wants you to live life to its fullest and let go of whatever is holding you back. So, does the Lord Jesus Christ!
Yes, His mission to earth was spiritual in nature. Of course, he came to save our souls from sin. And He has prepared a heavenly home for our future dwelling. But His message will also change your life on earth. He affirmed it.
In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
W. E. Vine says the word “abundantly” carries the idea of “abounding, to excel, to increase, to be better off” He says it is akin to the noun form that means “an exceeding measure of something beyond the ordinary.”
The Christian life should not be a dull, dreary, drab existence that somberly plods through this world without purpose or passion. The tone of the New Treatment letters exhorts us to learn, to build and to grow.
We’re here on earth to make a difference. To shine as lights. To serve as salt. To exhibit the joy of faith. The beauty of love. The power of hope.
We are called to be both faithful and fruitful. To be steadfast while moving forward. To live in this world, but not be conformed to it.
What’s holding you back from being a committed Christian? A loving husband? A devoted wife? A godly parent? A good neighbor? An ambitious worker? A law-abiding citizen? A faithful friend?
What’s holding you back from being better? Growing? Achieving? And excelling?
Is indecision holding you back? Is it fear? Worry? Regret?
Is your past holding you back from a joyful present and a hopeful future?
Are you being held back by ungodly attitudes of envy, jealousy, or bitterness?
What’s holding you back from enjoying the abundant life in Christ? Distractions? Disobedience? Dishonesty?
What’s holding you back from becoming all that God created you to be? Excuses? Procrastination? Self-depreciation?
If you have trouble believing, you can grow more, do more and be more, hold on to Paul’s promise that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20)
“Let go of whatever makes you stop!”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman