"Letting Go" is a catalyst to GROW
It has been said: “Don’t hold on too long and don’t let go too soon”
"You got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em.
Know when to walk away; know when to run.
Cuz ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survival,
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowin' what to keep.
And ev'ry hand's a winner.. just like ev'ry hand's a loser.
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.
If you're gonna play the game, boy, you better learn to play it right." – The Gambler
In the game of LIFE .. We wrestle. We wonder.
“When to hold on?”
“When to let go?”
That decision will be determined by the VALUE you place on what you are holding on to.
Wisdom & Discernment are required
What should you hold on to?
What is truly valuable?
Your list might look different than mine .. but somethings are universal
A willing spirit
A grateful heart
Virtue and Honor
Reason and respect
Loving, edifying, nurturing relationships: family and friends
Righteousness - JOY - Generosity - Humility - Goodness - Kindness
The thought of “letting go” should make you question why you’re holding on.
There is a Puritan saying:
“Our affections bribe our discernment”
.. what you love .. desire .. want ..
.. who you love .. desire .. want
Every heart has its own affections. Though they may be hidden .. unknown even to you.
Because the heart is self-deceived.
“The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17
Letting go of affections is humanly hard to do.
What to let go of ..
Everything that weighs you down & holds you back .. robs growth
Everything that produces anxiety & stress and striving .. robs peace
Addictive behaviors that impede healthy behavior .. rob quality of life
Emotions & feelings that harden your heart & impair your mind: anger – hatred – revenge - shame – guilt - biases – bitterness - selfishness .. self-condemnation .. self-loathing .. self-pity
Let go of
The list of people who hurt you
The record of wrongs done to you
FORGIVENESS is the key to letting go
Consider this principle:
.. if you continue to do what you’ve always done
.. you’ll continue to get what you’ve always gotten .. or LESS.
If you resist .. refuse to “let go”
What exactly are you afraid to know?
Hearts are easily scarred .. become hard
Minds are often BLIND .. reason is easily marred
Waiting for people to change can lead to the graveyard
Letting go .. can help you GROW
In life .. you will reap what you sow
Getting you out of your comfort zone
Can take you to new places .. unknown
Increase your capacity and your sagacity
Strengthen you .. and grow your tenacity
“The mind is a ship. The Heart gives winds.”
.. changing your heart and in turn, your mind .. about someone or something
.. letting go of the old .. is making room for the new
.. I’m freeing me .. I’m freeing you
And seasons change
But I've grown tired of trying to change for you
'Cause I've been hanging on you
I've been waiting on you”
– Future Islands “Seasons”
It is a very difficult undertaking to “change another person”
In truth: you can only change yourself.
And that is only possible if you recognize the need to change
And possess the desire to change & are willing to do the work required.
“Hanging on” to another person is not healthy. It can lead to being controlling or being controlled .. being needy, overly attached or emotionally dependent.
Genuine LOVE does not weigh-down or imprison .. rather it lifts-up, edifies & gives wings
This is LIFE
Seasons change .. People change
“You know when people change
They gain a piece but they lose one too”
In spring things come alive
.. it is a time to plant ..
In summer things grow
.. it is a time of blossoming ..
In fall there is a harvest
.. it is a time to gather ..
In winter the earth goes dormant
.. it is a time of rest & recovery ..
Each season cooperates with the changes in nature.
With awareness, there is so much we can learn from nature.
Each year .. each season .. is unique .. different.
In each season there is gain & loss
In LIFE there is always gain & loss. Expect it.
“Inertia, when first encountered, appears to be an immovable force. We are creatures who like comfort, patterns, and repetition… Yet change is life’s only constant.”
― Laurie Beth Jones, Jesus in Blue Jeans: A Practical Guide to Everyday Spirituality
Everything & everyone is in process. CHANGE is ongoing.
.. change can be good or bad ..
Either way we must adapt.
If you want to become your best YOU in the process of CHANGE: seek GROWTH.
I can give testimony that spiritual growth is a CATALYST to growth personally & professionally
Grow with your heart – soul & spirit toward God .. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit
In the process of growing: “Let go & let God”
Lord I place into your Able hands
.. this struggle
.. this person
.. this thing
The object in our LIFE journey is to find out what is VALUABLE & to hold on
If you find LOVE .. if you find TRUTH .. if you find WISDOM .. if you find PEAC E .. if you find Grace & JOY .. if you find PURPOSE .. possess FAITH .. then you are BLESSED.
DO NOT lay them down or let them go.
I leave you with “Good News”
Even if you hold on too long to the wrong things or the wrong people
.. God is ever-present & will help you. Just turn your heart toward Him and ask.
Only God can “cause all things to work for good for those who love Him & who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8
August 23rd 2021
Giving honor ..
My “In the Light” response to Alan Geller’s After Dark invitation
Artist: Future Islands
Subject: Letting Go
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