“How do you define yield?” was the question asked. While it is not certain that people in Aurora meetings represent an accurate statistical cross section of the populace, it is certain that they have opinions on the issue presented. Here is a representative sample of comments offered in response:
“Yield to win.”
“Yield means you lost.”
“Yield means you join the winning side.”
“Yield means that you accept the reality of defeat.”
“Yield is simply accepting life on life’s terms.”
“Yield is giving up control.”
“Yield is admitting that God is bigger than you are.”
What does yield mean to you?
Turning it over:
A second question was posed for consideration: How do you “turn it over?”
“Pray and ask God for help.”
“Good Orderly Direction.”
“Admit I can’t do it by myself.”
“Trust in God.”
Part of the answer to this question has already been addressed in a previous article. Here is the quote: “The truth is that our best thinking has produced the results we are experiencing. Our own power has brought us what we have.” Having admitted that we need help and that our lives are a mess, it makes sense to seek help outside ourselves. That being the case, what do we do?
To yield could be termed as granting preference to someone or something; or to make space or provision for; or to admit the superior power, influence, or position of someone; to give decision making authority to someone. Considering the responses noted above, it is clear that each person has their own manner of capturing the experience in words, yet each has actively sought to connect with, to yield to, something outside of them selves. This enables them to embark on a different way of living and thinking.
This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein: “We cannot solve our problems with the level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Yielding to and connecting with God enables one to move to a different level of thinking that can resolve problems that were intractable before.
Yielding to God is always voluntary. A mature recognition of reality that admits the benefit of making the choice to do so is inherently useful. It opens doors to possibilities that were locked shut before. It is not necessary that we find this an emotionally pleasant experience, only that we do it anyway. Yield, of necessity, means moving into a new set of circumstances, perspectives, manner of thinking, and relationships. It means being stretched in unforeseeable ways and being challenged to adapt to values and principles that may seem foreign and even extreme. The imperative is grow in new directions or revert to our path that did produce good fruit.
Going with God is always “joining the winning side”. It seldom easy or painless, but it is effective and life giving.
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