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I was sitting in the chiropractor’s office today, awaiting my turn to be what I like to call “snap, crackle, popped!” As I sat there, I began to examine my key chain.

I spent 30 minutes examining all the stuff that I had on my key chain. I didn’t realize it, but half the keys I’d been carrying around for years I no longer needed. Armed with this new information, I did what any sensible person would do: I immediately took them off my key chain. Immediately I had a feeling of intense, illogical anxiety about this action. I began frantically to make all kinds of excuses about why I couldn’t get rid of these keys . . . on and on went the lame excuses.

Truth be told, within five minutes those same keys I had scrutinized and examined were back on my key chain. Why? Simply because I wasn’t ready to let go of what they represented in my past. These keys represented how I perceived myself—good or bad. I wanted to hold on to them because I was comfortable with the way they made me feel about myself—they were now part of me.

I’m happy to tell you that at that point God decided to enter the conversation. He quickly let me know that I was being ridiculous and was anxious about nothing. He reminded me who I was in Him and told me, “Omar, let the keys go!” In the end I found the nearest trash can, and now those extra keys live there.


This incident made me think deeply about the things that we decide to hold on to in our lives. Things—both good and bad—that define us. Things we think are too important to give to God, when all the while they’re causing us untold stress, anxiety, or pride. Stuff that we’ve been holding on to that mattered to us, or made us feel good about ourselves at some point in our past, but now, in the light of a relationship with Jesus, is absolutely useless and worthless. (See Philippians 3:1-11.)

How do we just let go of all the stuff from our past? Simply put, we change our focus from ourselves to Jesus. The apostle Paul shows us how. He writes, “I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven” (Philippians 3:12-14).

I can’t describe the incredible joy and peace that I have received by obeying God and letting go of something that was holding me down and keeping me from being all that I could be for God.

Every day, honestly ask yourself, “What’s on my key chain?” If it gets in the way, then, by God’s power, let it go. Keep focusing on Jesus, and keep moving forward.

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