Five Minute Friday: Abandon

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “abandon.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

When I think of the word abandon, I think about the term living with abandon.  Now, this is not something I do naturally or comes easily to me but it is something I believe God calls us to.  And so I think it is important to think it through.

To live in such a way that is not ordered and structured and comfortable but in a way that is free and full of margin and open to the Holy Spirit’s leading.  Those words are very convicting to me right now!

Convicting because I don’t necessarily see my life lived out in abandon to God.  What comes to mind on this subject is a blog post I read recently on Design for Mankind.  The part I really liked was this:

“Do you know what passion means, really and truly? It’s a strong and barely controllable emotion.

Barely controllable.
An emotion.

And this is the part I take issue with. We are convincing each other to follow our dreams, to chase after the illusion, to plan a life around a single, fleeting emotion.

But emotions are notoriously vapid. Once we catch them, they float away.

No, we cannot run after passion.
But we can run after a passionate life.”

Why does this catch my attention?  It is because I feel I have been running after some of my passions recently but not necessarily running after a passionate life.  And that needs to change!

**God, help my focus to shift from what I want out of life to what You desire for me instead.  Help me to live with abandon as I seek to run after that passionate life you have called me to.  Change my heart, change my focus, change my way of living!**

3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Abandon

    1. Bethany Post author

      Oh that’s a good one! Thanks for sharing. Now it will get stuck in my head too I hope?! 😉 Thanks, Bethany


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