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Have you ever been in that place —where you feel like everything is falling apart? You feel engulfed by life’s many challenges, the expectations of others or those you’ve placed on yourself. Have you ever felt that you just can’t seem to get everything under control?

At times like these, it’s easy to go to blame and shame. You may feel worthless, blaming your inability to “cope” with your sense self-worth. You may blame your family, your friends, your church. You may blame the economy, political figures, church leaders, and even God.

That’s not fun place to be.

It’s a mindset and a heart-set. Which is good news.

Our hearts can change. Our thinking can change. We can stop the blame, the shame, and accept that our self-worth is not tied to how well we show up in life, manage problems, or keep things under control.

In fact, I believe, we must surrender control. The scriptures speak of having a broken heart. This means that we surrender our will to Gods will. I think this is hard for many of us, for different reasons. However as you choose to fully surrender to God, I can promise that your life will change for the better. No, problems will not go away, but your ability to abide in the challenges and move past them will increase. You will step into a deeper awareness of why suffering exists. Instead of running away, you will have the courage to live life fully awake, fully present. You will learn to trust in God more completely, knowing that you are perfectly supported in His love.

As you surrender, you are complete in Him.

Those within my church, and other believers I know, may think that the Lords mercy and atonement are only for “sins.” But the atonement of Jesus Christ is for every part of our life. No matter how much we think we can do or should do, we will never feel enough without Him. 

When your life is falling apart —and you feel obligated to be the savior of your own life, I invite you to surrender to God, instead of going to blame, to shame, or thinking that you are required to do more. All that is required, especially in shadowy times, is a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Psalms 34:18