Friday, 20 June 2014

Five Minute Friday: Release

It's Five Minute Friday and time to write with other bloggers/writers over at Lisa-Jo's spot! :) Today, our prompt is "release".  Join us! :)


Release: to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; to let go.

I’m going with the “to let go” part of the definition today. :) 

I think I can learn a lot from my kids about letting go and living life. I guess this is a good form of “release[ing] your inhibitions”. These girls of mine, release all pretence, all shame, all fear and just LIVE! With a push of a button they are racers running around in circles, another button and they are princesses having a camping trip complete with pretend campfire (yes, even princesses can camp). They interrupt their play to run over to me with hugs and shouts (yes, shouts) of “Mom! I love you!” just to run back to play. No fear there, no hiding what they feel, just pure release of energy, emotion, life! Just look at this release! :)  

And what do we do as grown-ups? We bind up all that energy and emotion and decide we need to act like “proper” grown-ups. Well, guess what? You can act with decorum and still embrace life! But guess what else? Just because you’re an adult, you don’t always have to act with decorum! :)

Remember that Friends episode where Rachel and Pheobe go running together? Rachel is all embarrassed by Pheobe’s childlike energy. (Here’s a clip in case you’ve never seen it or can’t remember … though I can’t imagine someone who has seen this actually forget about it. :) )

Pheobe totally released inhibitions there … and who had more enjoyment out of life?? Pheobe of course!

If we put value on embracing life, on loving, on so many of these positive things, we need to release our fears! Yes, this is even a Christian thought. The Westminster Catechism asks: What is the chief end of man? and answers: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.  How can we enjoy God if we’re not enjoying the life He gave us? If we bind up those emotions for the sake of “acting grown-up” with some twisted view of what “grown-up” looks like? Honestly, “grown-up” is boring!

So today, I’m going to release my inhibitions and run around in circles with my girls. We’re going to dance, we’re going to swing, we’re going to roll around in the grass (if the rain stays away)! We’re going to embrace life and glorify our God through that! (Really, a perfect way to glorify God is to embrace the life He has given us!)

So how about you? Will you release your fears today so that you too can embrace life, glorify God and enjoy Him forever??


  1. Slowly but surely I'm learning to let go too :D Amazing how much God teaches us through these little ones!

    1. Agreed! We teach them, they teach us, and we all grow together! :)

  2. Such a sweet post! Thank you for sharing!