How do you catch a monkey? It’s easier than you might think. Here’s one way I’ve heard about. Take a coconut and cut a hole in it just large enough for a monkey to place his paw into it. Then affix the coconut to a tree or something large and solid where you’d typically find a monkey. Then place something sweet like a piece of fruit in the coconut and wait.
When a monkey approaches and sees the fruit, he’ll allow his greed to get a hold of him. He’ll squeeze his paw into the coconut. But once he grabs hold of the treat inside he won’t be able to withdraw his paw. When this happens the hunter can walk up to the monkey and trap him. All he has to do is let go of the treat and he’ll be free. But in his panic and greed, he’ll hold onto the treat and be “trapped.” It’s not so much the monkey that has a hold of the fruit, it’s the greed that has a hold of the monkey.
So what is in your life that your holding on to that has you trapped? Where are you allowing your greed to have its claws wrapped around you? Is it time to let go of it? Like the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Jesus said, “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)
Sometimes letting go of something is the best way to be set free of it.