That’s my son Joel (many years ago) holding onto the limb of a tree in his grandma and grandpa’s back yard.
My Musing – We need to hold the things of this world (career, possessions, weaknesses, temptations…) loosely, because they are transitory. We cannot take them into the next life. They may even keep us from reaching the eternity that we wish we could have (What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36, NIV 1984).
But we do need to hold firmly to the faith that we possess – and even add onto it (For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5–8, NIV 1984). These are all things that we can take into the next life.
My Advice – What are you holding firmly onto? There is a scene in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Indiana is hanging with one hand onto his father’s hand, the only thing that is keeping him from falling into an abyss and certain death. With his other hand he is reaching for the treasured chalice (supposedly used by Christ at the last supper) perched perilously on a ledge and ready to fall into the same abyss to be lost forever. He desires both – life and treasure. Frantically his father urges him to grab onto him with both hands because he cannot continue to hold onto him. Finally, in almost a whisper his father calmly but firmly says, “Junior, let it go!” In just the “nickel” of time Indiana lets go of the chalice and grabs his father with both hand, and he is saved. He might have gained the chalice and lost his life. He wisely chose life, worth far more than a dime, because Jesus died to save it. Is something keeping you from holding firmly onto the faith that you profess? You need to “let it go.”