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Monday Morning Motivation – Release

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "release."

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


Those that know me, know that I love to fish for bass. To them, it’s no surprise that I turn just about every bass that I catch free as I adhere to a strict “catch and release” strategy. If you do the research, you will find out that a fishery where catch and release is NOT practice will quickly decline. Letting my finned friends swim away to fight another day is good for them, and, more importantly, it is good for me.

While it’s not quite the same thing, many of us are hesitant to “release” those around us who we “catch” doing something wrong or inappropriate. I’ve heard more than a few folks refer to “frying them,” as in putting the person in an electric chair when they are dealing with someone who has particularly wronged them.

I’m NOT suggesting that we don’t pursue justice for those who have done things that are inappropriate. We certainly can and should always look towards justice. However, justice is much different from holding onto an offense.

Consequences need to be imposed—in most situations. But when we hold onto the offense itself, we can be caught in our own unforgiveness. Fortunately, we have the power to release ourselves in these situations—although sometimes not easily and often only with a lot of prayer and hard work!

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • What do you need to release in your life?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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