” Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore!
Let it go ! Let it go! Turn away and slam the door”
Have you slammed the door?
Life hits us. It is as if its a powerful tornado sucking us in its terror. In my mind, all I am thinking is ” Let me go! I don’t want to be stuck in this anymore“. But somehow, we are still stuck. As much as we wiggle and try to break these chains that shackle us to our past, pain, and current difficulties, we cannot become free. Why you ask? It is because we have not let it go.
Our pain is something we unknowingly carry each day. We tread along without realizing the pain we accumulate day by day. “Oh, she gave me a dirty look. Did you hear that tone he had with me? Oh! He don’t know. I ain’t got time for this.” Those thoughts we think each day add up. It creates weight and negative feelings that you have to carry, not the person “who did you wrong”, but you. Whenever we see that person, maybe even post on Facebook, we become annoyed. This might sound comical, but this all too real. We may think this way. That we “can’t” deal with this , and the fact of the matter is that we are just hurt. We get hurt by what people say; BELIEVE ME, this is too my daily struggle. “Hurt people” hurt people. People can ruin your day in the matter of minutes. Sometimes you may read a text message and that makes you infuriated. Your entire day can be ruined by that single text message.
Some of us cannot feel we cannot let it go. Our past is a horrible movie playing in our mind reminding of us what we did and how we messed up. The worst thing is when you are trying to change, and people view you as your former self. From simple to crazy situations, we can be reminded of the negative things and who we used to be. Countless times, we remind ourselves of what we have done. We attempt to fight off the negative thoughts, but ultimately we can’t because we haven’t forgiven ourselves. We still feel guilty.
We feel guilty from previous decisions or even current ones. We may think that “bad mistake” cost us, which is true we have to deal with the consequences of our actions, and we might think we are getting punished by God. “Oh Jesus! I did not get the crispy chicken in my salad that I ordered. God must be punishing me. Oh, its a sign!”. God is not punishing you. Life happens, but there is grace and mercy. Many times in our lives, something bad should have occurred, but it didn’t because of God having mercy on us. When we ask for forgiveness from God, he forgets, but do you?
Letting go our pain is not easy at all- that is why many of us has not let it go yet. Do you want to let it go? Do you want to live in continual freedom and be made whole as a person? Do you want to be healed? The fact of the matter is that no one can force you to be free; living in that mindset of freedom is a choice that you have to make. We should not be playing catch with God giving him our pain, and then trying to take it back. God wants you to be made whole, and he loves you unconditionally. You may not have experienced this unconditional love in any sense because of what you may have experienced previously, but God loves you beyond your self and your thinking. You may not feel worthy because of the guilt you may still possess from a previous or current situation, but today, God wants you to know that he loves you for you.
He loves you so much that he doesn’t want you to carry this pain any longer. He does not want you to carry this guilt. Matthew 11:30 says, ” For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV) This scripture means that when we give God our pain, past, and worries, he will exchange all of that for his love, peace, hope, joy, etc. Just as it says in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)
It all starts in our minds. As we let go of our past, daily troubles, and worries for tomorrow and exchange it with Jesus’ love, we are able to live in that freedom. There will always be people who will try to tear you down, break you, and define your worth, but only God restores you, shows his endless love for you, and how extremely valuable you are.
Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. We are all beautiful works in progress.
A couple of songs I suggest to listen ( Don’t worry there aren’t any songs from Frozen):