When Trying Topples Trusting

Golfers know this better than most . . . grip pressure . . . especially too much grip pressure, robs a swing of consistency, power and accuracy. The more you let the club perform the task it was designed to do, the better the results . . . but ahhh . . . that would require a golfer to exercise trust . . . and when the “pressure” to perform is critical, it is easier to respond with more “grip”.

Isn’t that how we so easily come at God? . . . especially at those times in life when we are “in over our heads”? Trust harder?. . . this is usually the last option we explore. The Life Letter titled “The Grip” is for all of our readers who tend to fall into the John Daly school of thought when life’s challenges stack up . . . for we all come naturally equipped with a endless recording in the back of our head that urges us to, “Just grip it and rip it” . . .  you know, “Bear down” or “Press in”.

When Max Lucado released his book “In The Grip of Grace”, his introduction stated, “Get caught! Life is full of fumbles and stumbles. Fraught with opportunities to make mistakes, occasions to feel guilty, and the drive to ‘do it yourself’. The pressure to be self-sufficient is high, but it isn’t the life God offers.” What a different picture for our life in Christ is painted in Colossians 2:6-7 . . .

 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

This is David “JB” Miller hoping that as you experience “The Grip” at Life Letter Cafe, may you find a fresh anointing of God’s kindness and grace pouring into all the corners of your life where trying has toppled trusting . . . but be ready to take a deep breath. The loving grasp of the Father’s hand is an amazing replacement . . . to our most resolute days which so easily become filled with exertion and enervation . . . tension and tiredness . . . wobbling and worrying . . .

. . . while maintaining “the grip”.




About the author : David "JB" Miller


David "JB" Miller is founder and author at LifeLetter Ministries. He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Paradise Valley, Arizona and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.

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