Opened or Closed? Give God Everything

I went to a concert and adoration hour at Benedictine College last night. One word to sum up the whole experience: amazing.  Benedictine is my top college of choice, so it was great to go up there and see the college kids interacting with each other (and the amazing amount of sisters, novices, seminarians, deacons and priests up there on campus, too! 

But that isn't what this post is about - I have to share with you what Matt Mahr shared with us during the concert. 

Put your hand out, palm up.  Imagine placing everything you care about on your hand.  Little things - like bands you love, your favorite shirt, and peanut butter.  Big things -  like your family, friends, GPA, and future.  And then close your hand, like a fist. 

No matter how much I try to put more love into your life with good things, I can't get them in there because your fist is closed.  This is how some of us live our lives - fist tight, holding everything we love close to us. 

But imagine if you opened your hand all the way.  This is hard because then everything can fall out of your hand.  This is hard because you don't have a chance to control anything.  Yet this is the way we should be living our life, simply because when our hands our open, God can pour His life and love into our lives.

Wouldn't it be easy if we could just give God control of our whole life just by opening our hands?  But this surrender is something we have to show in all aspects of our lives - physical, mental, and spiritual.   

Are your hands open or closed?  Are you allowing God to fill your life full of grace and love, or are you clutching your plans close enough that you won't let Him in?  It's time to open your hands.

God bless you all,

Chloe M.