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Friday, August 28, 2015

Think About It

When Do You Let Go?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

If you haven’t noticed, life is not always easy. It is full of choices and we don’t always make the best ones. We have to live with people, and people are not always easy to live with. Sometimes we seem to think that if everyone were like us, the world would be a much better place. The fact is, not everyone is like us. We are each driven by our own stuff. Our belief systems, life experiences, family dynamics and a host of other things help to form and frame who we are. Our lives and our response to what happens to us are all reflected in our behavior today. Is there ever a time to let go?

Do you know why a bulldog’s face is shaped the way it is? It is so it can latch on to something and still breathe. You and I are not made the same way. When we latch on to something we still have to breathe, but the problem is we don’t remember that and consequently don’t realize that what we are hanging on to is actually taking our life away. Perhaps it is an old hurt, something someone has done, an unforgiven act, or just plain anger. Whatever the situation, we’re hanging on and not letting it go. It consumes our energy, our thoughts, and influences our behavior. We don’t let it go for a variety of reasons, all of which are taking their toll on our joy, peace, and even our health. So what’s the answer?

Perhaps we first have to remember that judgment belongs to God. No matter what the act or offense, we can never exact enough judgment to satisfy our needs. The only solution is forgiveness. And forgiveness is the removal of the penalty due. Is it easy? No, it is never easy, but in order to live and be free, one must do this. Whether you realize it or not, the one that you are so angry with is going on about their life without much thought of you, so let it go. Sadly, when we allow situations or people to control us, we become slaves to our emotions. They haven’t put us there, we have done it to ourselves. It all comes down to one simple word, choice. You and I have the choice to stay in the unhealthy attitude where we are, or move past it. What’s it going to be? Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

For some reason... this really spoke to me.. THANKS!!!