It’s simply hard to let somethings go. Have you ever had an unsettled feeling that you need to let “IT” go but you don’t seem to know how? Or someone is in your ear, “Just let it go!” I don’t understand why you can’t let it go. If it was me…..” or your mind is telling you that you can just ignore “IT” but you are not at peace. You have restless days and nights. You may even be withdrawn or an expert on hiding “IT.” Your “IT” could be drugs, smoking, alcohol, abuse, job, a bad habit, unhealthy eating, a relationship or even a person. Maybe its me but there has been more than one occasion where I struggled to let go.
I worked for a company for many years, looked over for several positions but still didn’t want to let go. I was at the point where I no longer felt I belonged but loved many of the people I worked with. I just couldn’t let go. I was lied to, over worked and unappreciated, yet I couldn’t let go. I wasn’t at peace but still struggled to take a step to change my situation. I questioned if I was good enough. Even after leaving the company, and getting another job where I was paid more, treated with respect, rewarded for great work, I still struggled to completely let go. I kept in touch with some relationships that were long dead that resulted in absolutely nothing. But I struggled to let go.
There were even some very good friends that I had known for many years that I no longer connected with as we did previously. I struggled to let go. We forced conversations, visits, calls and texts. Nothing specifically warranted ending some of the relationships, I just didn’t feel connected or fulfilled. I am sure the feeling was probably mutually. Yet, I struggled to let go.
As my children began to grown, I struggled (still do if I’m honest) letting go. I could see some of the mistakes brewing and tried to lend a hand when in fact, I should have let go. It’s through mistakes that they will truly grow. Some of my greatest accomplishments came when I let go. When I left my job, I found another team of amazing individuals. I obtained a consistent work life balance. I traveled to places I never thought I would visit. And most importantly, I truly discovered who I was – bold, courageous, intelligent, confident and inspirational. I realized that I had the courage to take risks, even when I afraid because I put my trust in God. I knew if he removed “IT” there was a reason. Some I completely understand and some I may never.
Holding on to “IT” could be the very thing that is preventing you from greater (a better job, life, relationship, health etc…) Stop hanging on to “IT” and do what you need to do to let “IT” go. Get help. Talk to someone. Make a plan. JUST DO IT!
Need a little more inspiration?
The Wall by Pastor Jermaine Nichols, Greater Works Center
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-10NLT
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