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Loosing Control

Loosing control

I tend to be one of the “grammar police” that really wants to jump on a thread on social media to correct you and, Yes, I spelled the title correctly, two o’s. Loo -s -ing not Loo -z -ing. And I realize it’s more often than not a misspelling rather than a word we use. But I find the contrast between loosing and losing an important one to understand. Not just because the meanings are different, but because of the mindset behind each word.

Let me explain

Here are the definitions, from Oxford languages, to start with.




adjective: losing

suffering, resulting in, or relating to defeat in a game or contest. "the losing side"




gerund or present participle: losing

be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something). "I've lost my appetite"

  1. Similar: be deprived of, suffer the loss of, no longer have, stop having




gerund or present participle: loosing

  1. set free; release. "the hounds have been loosed"

  2. Similar: free, set free, unloose, turn loose, set loose, let loose, let go, release, liberate, untie, unchain, unfetter, untether, unfasten. Unpen, unleash, unclick

  3. Opposite: confine

Don’t you just feel differently when reading the definitions? They are in some ways complete opposite words. To Lose something is usually out of your control. In fact, the word is used in that phraseology very often - “she lost control”, “I don’t want to lose control.” And that right there is the importance I want us to notice. The mindfulness of loosing vs. losing.

Loosing is a choice - and did you see just how many freedom words are used as similar examples!

Let’s apply this first of all to that common phrase of losing control. When working through betrayal trauma one of the big hurdles is learning about control. What and who we have control over and the fact that one of the most common coping mechanisms is to attempt to control everything. As we work through and begin to heal, we learn that control over most things is actually an illusion and we must do exactly the opposite. Which is scary, because we think the opposite of being in control of it all is losing control.

I have good news! The opposite of being controlling, (or people pleasing, or fixing same thing), is to LOOSE control. Two o’s - the one that means freedom! We intentionally, thoughtfully, on purpose let go - let loose - of the attempts to control things that we can’t control anyway. We get to choose to let go of things, relationships, ideas, that are harmful to us.

One fear that still comes up at the thought of letting go of the grip we have on things is that even if we “do it right” and choose to let go, then that means the things we let go of now have the control. So, let’s dig deeper into what loosing looks like.

Since it is an intentional and thoughtful letting go of, and control is definitely going somewhere (because everything is controlled by something, right?) then we get to choose where the control goes too! As believers we need to remind ourselves that ultimately, God is in control of it all. Since we know that we cannot control other people’s thoughts, responses or choices, we choose to loose the grip we think we have and hand it back to God where it belongs. We recognize the control over the other person’s choices is theirs alone, yet under the sovereignty of God.

When working a tapestry, tension control is essential to it working up right. Too loose and it won’t hold together right and the image I am creating will not be clear. Too tight and the threads break. I as the artist have to pay close attention to how much tension there is on the yarn and make sure there aren’t outside forces (ahem - the cats…) creating more. I, as the creator, know how to loose tension when needed so my yarn doesn’t break.

God is our tapestry artist, we are the yarn pieces, and our lives are the tapestry. Perspective shift - When we try to maintain that control it only keeps us tied to the source of our traumas. We are not actually in control - it’s like a runaway horse and you’re in the carriage.

You get a horse that is not inclined to cooperate or spooks easily and the more you try to take control and keep tension on the reins, the more hurt you get. The safest thing to do is let go of the reins and jump out of the carriage! Someone might look at that and say you lost control of the horse - and the truth is you never had control, only influence. The horse always has the choice to bolt. When you let go and jump - you have loosed control and it put you in a safer place.

Look at the definitions again - I love all the freedom words used in describing loosing! Free! Liberated! Untied! No longer confined - isn’t that what God promises us?

Colossians 2:20 (NLT)

You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world.

Isaiah 44:22 (NLT)

I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”

Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

My dear friend, some threads need to be loosed, and some cut, so the tapestry comes out right - remember too that you are not the weaver of the tapestry - God is. Stop creating tension where he is untangling and setting you free!

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Love the word play! I will be sharing with my subscribers. Thank you.

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