The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.-Steve Maraboli
With less then two days left in what feels like the fastest year ever, I can’t help being overwhelmed by the uncertainty of 2019. To be honest I’m still in a state of disbelief. There is so much I did but even more I did not. Plans, hopes and dreams act as constant reminders, leaving me unsettled and feeling like I failed. How then do I welcome 2019 with a heart set on an unfinished 2018? The answer to that is really quite simple, let it go. Yes, let it all go. Yet the simplest of answers are often the hardest to fulfill.
My sister and I had a big disagreement recently and I was hurt (I’m sure she was too). We were barely speaking and absolutely miserable. More than a week later, God told me to let it go. There was no booming voice or bright light or anything like that. It was just an impression on my heart. Naturally I was like “Nope, it’s not fair, why must I be the one?” As you know, God always gets His way. I kid you not, in every movie, t.v show and song, all I heard were messages about forgiveness and trusting Him and His way. Surfice to say, I did not last 24 hours before I gave in and my sister and I couldn’t be happier. This does not mean we won’t have to talk about it but this way we will be speaking from a place of love and peace instead of anger and hurt.
You see, when you hold onto all the hurt and disappointments, when challenges arise, that is the place you respond from. You will be left feeling defeated and hopeless. You wish to be happy, pray to be, but often feel your attempts only bring a fleeting sense of joy and not the everlasting joy you desperately crave.
So today I encourage you to just let it go. Hold on to the little things that bring true joy to your heart. You can’t change to past, and can’t control the future, but in this moment you can say “not everything is as I had hoped, but I woke up this morning and I made it to the end of the year. I MADE IT!” Then you begin to realize that you are speaking and responding from a place of victory. You will realise that your joy is not dependent on your circumstances but on your state of mind.
Again I say, LET IT GO! Forgive on purpose to be happy on purpose and take a victorious step into 2019.
So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth]. Romans 14:19