day nineteen


Maybe you’ve heard of the coconut monkey trap. The idea is simple. Cut a hole in a coconut just barely big enough for a piece of fruit. Put the fruit inside the coconut. Tie the fruit-laden coconut to a tree. A monkey comes along, puts its hand in to grab the fruit, thus making a first. With its hand around the fruit, the hole becomes too small to extract both. The monkey is unwilling to let go of the fruit, and becomes trapped to the coconut, and thus the tree.

What does this have to do with you? 

The traps the Enemy uses on us are most often empowered by our unwillingness to let go. Yet, when we let go of what we think we want, we find ourselves free to leave the trap and pursue what really matters.

Jesus put it like this, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

Here’s the point. There is so much more to grab onto in this world than what you’re holding. If you want to truly have free hands to receive what God has for you, you’ve got to be willing to let go of what’s keeping you trapped in your old ways, your old habits, and your old life.
reflection questions
What have you been holding onto that’s holding you back?

Why are you afraid of letting go?

What would happen if you decided to let go and rely on God?
action items
Find one thing you do that isn’t healthy for you, and cut it out for one week. Start there and then keep going.
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