Turn it over

Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


My son, my son, why are you striving

You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you

I did it all while I was dying

Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you

                  – Keith Green


Here’s where you give up and find out that was what you were supposed to do all along. The thing you were trying so hard to avoid was the thing that would take you to where you want to be. At the bottom of the pit of failure is the doorway to grace and peace.

Spiritual growth runs counter to human nature. That’s why it takes so long for us to come to what should be a simple conclusion: We don’t have what it takes for life without God. But we want to be adequate. We want to solve the riddle. We want to scale heights. We want to achieve. All well and good, except that we cannot.

Hope is disguised in the failure. Access to God is through the basement. Around here we call this the new covenant — everything from God and nothing from us. It’s just that “nothing from us” part that gives us trouble. We often have to try everything before we come to nothing.

About now some of you may be thinking, “Aren’t we kidding ourselves that the AA Twelve Steps could apply to those of us who are not alcoholics? Aren’t the twelve steps for those who have hit bottom — whose lives and relationships are in shambles and they can barely get themselves in the door for the meeting?” Well, I don’t think that describes everybody at an AA meeting, because you don’t have to hit bottom to know you’re a failure. Actually, the next step, Step 4, should apply  here. Who, after taking a complete moral inventory of their life, is going to come off looking like they can skip that step? Me, I’m not looking forward to finding out what Step 4 is going to show me — the denials, the excuses, the rationalizations, the procrastinations, the sins, the cover-up, etc.. We’ve all got enough garbage to qualify for waste management.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Right now, I want us to all know that we can trust God with our lives. Stop trying to do it yourself and turn your will and your life over to God — even God as we understand Him — because we are coming to understand Him more every day.

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7 Responses to Turn it over

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Excuse me Pastor John, I could be wrong. I often am, yet this sentence didn’t sit well w/ me Now it might be fine for you… Yet I work HARD about every day I’m able to strive for more in my Biz. So after reading this: “We want to scale heights. We want to achieve. All well and good, except that we cannot.” I almost stop reading today’s Catch…. I didn’t…

    Yet, please, pretty please consider getting that mouse out of your pocket. That might allow you to consider using the term, “we”. It should be “you” – or a personal pro-noun, as I…
    PS Especially after watching a Tony Robbins video clip this past Saturday and yet again Today in it he discuses we all want more & it’s the story you keep telling yourself that you don’t deserve more. That tends to destroy your going 4 your dreams! Also, called your “self – talk” As Dr. Shad Helmserler (sp?) refers to it… And who’s this – Keith Green you quoted? Isn’t practical to offer an explanation of the quote or say who it is that said that?

    Other than those two points… , I’m done and great Catch… ❤ 🙂

    • Hi Mark,
      Keith Green was a contemporary Christian singer/songwriter in the 70’s & early 80’s who sang unabashedly about Jesus.
      Sadly, he and two of his children (along with 9 others) died in a small airplane crash in 1982.

      The quote John used above is from one of Keith’s songs: “When I Hear the Praises Start”.

      You might be more familiar with Keith’s work through one of his most popular songs written by Annie Herring: “The Easter Song”…

      • Mark D Seguin says:

        TY bobnearseattle appreciate u taking the time and good video clip too. And yes I heard that song: “The Easter Song”
        PS looking forward to meeting him and the 9 others and given him a big (((hug))) <3.

  2. John A Fagliano says:

    Some have objected to the phrase “as we understand him” because it opens the door to many erroneous views of God. But there is no way to get to understand Him better than when we turn our lives over to Him. It is then that He will surprise us with things about Himself that we would not have otherwise understood. His unconditional love for us and for others, His ability to heal and walk us through things we didn’t know we could make it through (and would not have without Him) and to see ourselves become people we could not have pictured ourselves becoming all happen with surrender and bring us to a greater understanding of who God is.

  3. Jesus Aguilar says:

    My dear friends from the upper room and my brothers and sisters from the baseman.
    27 years ago this last September I was given the opportunity to start a AA meeting at the baseman of a Kaiser Hospital. Today from the baseman of a church I will like to share with you the insanity that brings us together. Any of us, from the top or from the bottom; confronted with the problem we immediately go into the fix problem mode, we put a little bit of effort and wait for the results. . . .
    hmm?? What is wrong? maybe if I push harder it will work. . . . . nothing yet. Well I will ask for help to my body, certainly he can help and the two of us can make it work and start pushing. . . . . nothing yet!! What is wrong, ah! let us call another fellow, the three of us can do it, help arrives and now there are three people pushing the same direction. . . . . . still nothing happens . . . . What is wrong? Lets call Mike, Mike knows what to do. We call Mike, Mike arrives and ask what is the problem? We are trying to push this group of people over so our side but they do not want to do it!! I see says Mike. Who have you ask for help? Well you see here and then we thought of calling you.
    How about if we call for help to God! This is where you should have started. Problem solved.
    How often we use all our resources before we call God!!
    So difficult to turn it over. Do I hear Amen .

    • lindastapleton7 says:

      A little meditation book I used to read said “anything I ever let go of had claw marks all over it”. We hang onto the illusion that we can control and fix things, but only God can bring about the transformation that we all need. The programme works if you work it, but I have found that having Jesus as my Higher Power brings in a whole new level of power that I didn’t know until He was in that position, Lord of my life.

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