As a mother of three daughters, whenever I hear the words ‘let go’ I feel a sudden urge to let my inner Elsa shine and break out into song. If you have never watched the movie Frozen then you don’t know what you are missing. There is something so freeing about letting go, both in life and in song. 😉 As we continue in this month’s flavor of the month, self-care, it’s important that before we start doing anything new, we have to learn to let go of some of the things that may be negatively affecting us.
We have all been through things in life that have left a mark and some scars that may still be healing. Experienced some things that may have been meant to break us. We had or have some people in our lives that may have only been there to do us harm. All of our situations are as unique as we are; yet one common thing remains. We are still here, we are still standing, and in order for us to move forward we have to learn to let go.
Letting Go Is A Lot Like Forgiving
By letting go of something that is negatively affecting you, you are actively doing something for yourself. You are getting rid of the emotional and sometimes physical baggage that is not doing you any good. Letting go of the bitterness, anger, and sometimes rage frees you. This freedom you feel now allows you to focus on the things that are most important in your life and not the negative things that may be clouding your focus. Freedom allows you to focus on all the blessings that God has placed in your life. Letting go takes our eyes off the past and casts it on the future.
Letting Go Means Looking Ahead
One of my favorite things to do in the morning is to listen to the Steve Harvey Morning Show on the radio not only because he is hilarious, but because he is so inspirational. One of my favorite quotes of his is “You can’t drive a car looking in the rearview mirror.” I love this quote because it is not only true, it provides real-world context on Isaiah 43:18-19a. We cannot dwell on the past, look in the rearview mirror, and see all the things God has in store for us now. We cannot see the new and exciting things in front of us while dwelling on the former things. So we have to let go of what was so we can enjoy what is and look forward to what will be.
Whether you need to let go of something that happened to you in the past, something that your husband may have said in the midst of a disagreement, or a relationship that is doing more harm than good, we all have something that we need to let go. God never promised that our lives would be free of storms, but He did promise that He would always be there with us and help us through them.
I’d love to hear about something you need to let go
and what new thing you see God springing up in your life in the comments!