A recent conversation set me to musing about letting go. Two events in my life stand out- times when letting go was necessary, but tough at the same time: giving up coaching soccer, the game I love, and having to walk away from my pursuit of a PhD. I carried the disappointment of those two events for several years.
It’s hard to let go of the things that we have pursued with passion for a long time – the things that often define our lives. It is sad to let go but there is a time for everything, a time to hold on and a time to let go. Recognizing the time that we are in is crucial.
If we keep on holding on to the things that we need to let go of, our hands are full and we can’t receive or enter into the new things that God is giving. If we don’t let go we can’t move forward. If we don’t let go we keep carrying the past with us like a burden (like trying to run a marathon with winter boots on). We need to learn the lessons that are there for us from our past experiences; always asking what do I have to take away from this?
We have to recognize when the time has come to let go; this requires wisdom. Do you have a wise counselor or friend? Seek them out get their input. If your foundation is in God remember he promises to give wisdom to those who lack it, and who asks for wisdom expecting to receive from him. We are encouraged to forget the former things, not to dwell on the past, to keep our eyes open to the new things that are springing up. You can walk in faith knowing that the plans he has for you are good, that he will be faithful and trustworthy to complete the good work he has begun in you. He will never let us go.
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