Daily Step – Releasing the Outcome

Along the journey towards the greater, there are many small, daily steps to better understand oneself, God, and others. This is one of my “daily steps”.

Daily Steps are first published on Social Media @gdcrowder

Have you ever been #walking or #running and just knew you were about to fall?

In this photo, my boys are pulling on me, being silly, and also taking me way off balance. I felt like I was going to fall but I was able to control my feet on the stones and keep upright.⠀

A long time ago when running was my passion, I would run through the streets around my neighborhood. One particular day, I was running on the sidewalk of a busy street near downtown and I tripped on something. The world sometimes slows when you are about to fall and you know the outcome and you can do nothing to control it. I put out my hands and eventually my palms connected with the sidewalk bracing me from injury. Of course, the traffic saw and someone stopped to ask me if I was okay and needed help. Red faced, I said thanks but I’m fine and kept on running.⠀

This morning, I listened to the #bearthelight podcast with @christiannesquires and @jennysmithwrites. I listened as Jenny relayed the four steps she practices with her church on a regular basis to work on living a life in contrary to the hustle culture we see so often. Step 4 was “release the outcome.” Oh man, do I like to hold tight to outcomes but sometimes you just can’t… because you can’t control all the factors that lead to that outcome. I couldn’t control that pebble or crack that sent me sailing to the sidewalk that day. All I could do was brace myself and then get up and keep on running.

In this second week of #advent on #peace, I’m thinking a lot about this idea of the peace that comes when we open up to #faith. This prayer by #henrinouwen is my prayer today:


Dear God,⠀
I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!⠀
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?⠀
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?⠀
Please help me to gradually open my hands⠀
and to discover that I am not what I own,⠀
but what you want to give me.⠀
And what you want to give me is love,⠀
unconditional, everlasting love.⠀
Amen.⠀

What outcome do you need to release today?

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