There is a line in a famous poem that says, "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." This line has been copied on motivational posters and plaques for as long as I can remember. Its "take charge" undertones have proven to be inviting to those within our "do-it-yourself" culture. There is something special about those that "stand-up and get things done," we are led to believe.
On the other hand, we tend to look down on those who seemingly give up. They are described as "doormats" and "punching bags." The white flag of surrender is an object of disdain rather than one that is to be celebrated, for to give up is a sign of weakness--so we are led to believe.
As disciples, we must look at the world differently, however. Being a follower of Jesus, calls us to accept that we are part of a different society, one of which looks at surrender, not as a sign of weakness, but as a sign of strength.
To be a disciple of Jesus means that we must surrender. We must literally give control of our lives, possessions, and skills over to the Lord. Though we have power, we must lay down that power to the One who truly has all power. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, He surrendered His will for the perfect will of His Father. If the teacher surrendered, so must the student.
Our surrender does not lead us to ridicule, however. It actually leads us to victory. We benefit from letting go and letting God take control of our lives. When He leads, He will guide us to His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love. It actually pays to give up.