I tend to get attached to things. Especially things that are close to me. I like my house and the furnishings in it, and I get upset when something gets lost or broken.
I'm that way with my children too. I tend to think of them as "mine." I don't like the thought of them growing up and "flying away." I hold them tightly with a strong grip.
For this reason foster parenting is a scary venture for me. I don't like to think about losing someone I've grown close to .
However, none of the things that I mentioned before are really mine. Not my house--the things in it--my children--or my foster children. They all belong to God first.
I must hold all of it loosely. If I grasp at things and people too tightly I don't have my hands open for God to place added blessings in them.
So, I hold all of it with open hands.