“Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world.”
How many times have we gotten stuck on a point or a deal term and we know we should just “let it go” but we hold on longer than we should thinking that the other side will blink, only to find out that they don’t causing us to lose the deal/argument. And, to only now feel bad/guilty that we didn’t make the first move. Had we, we might have not felt we we were the losers, instead the ones that catalyzed the successful completion of a transaction. This happened recently in one of my portfolio companies who were negotiating a new real estate transaction. After hanging on too long for a capitulation by the other side, the property was lost to another suitor. It stung to lose the property, but it stung worse to lose it because of not being willing to look past the one point of contention and just “let it go”.
The great writer, Oswald Chambers, had this quote from his devotion book, My Utmost for His Highest: “External detachment is often an actual indication of a secret, growing inner attachment to the things we stay away from externally”. What Chambers is telling us is that the closer we grow to God the less the external things of our lives and world will matter to us. In fact, maybe what he is telling us that the closer we are to Him, the more we can “let it go” with all the things that once consumed us and seemed so important. There is a spiritual maturity at work here and one that we should strive for so that we can make it through our days, weeks, months and years focused on what really matters and the rest of it, let’s just “let it go”.
Reference: John 18:36 (New Living Translation)