The thing about letting go is that it’s so much more necessary than most people give it credit for being.
The Apostle Paul said it this way:
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Phil 3:13-14 NLT
Paul placed letting go of the past as the catalyst between moving from where he had been, to where he was presently, and to where he wanted to go. In my opinion, Paul captured the essence of it right there. There is no way to truly move forward into our purpose and destiny without letting go of the past.
So many of us are stuck in life.
- We are stuck in our relationships because we can’t let go of past relationship hurts.
- We are stuck on our jobs because we can’t let go of the last time our boss didn’t recognize us.
- We are stuck iin our church life because we can’t let go of church hurt from the past.
- We are stuck in our businesses, unable to trust partners because we can’t let go of the time we were burnt in the past.
- We are stuck in our families because we can’t let go of hurt we received from loved ones.
But there’s a twist to this, a lot of the issues mentioned above most people already know and understand their need to let go of…but what about the positive things in life? Is it possible that there are good things in life that we may need to let go…I believe so!
When Paul wrote the scripture above, he was following behind listing a bunch of his credentials. He stated that he was extremely qualified to boast about his great educationa and his heritage, but followed it up by saying that none of that meant anything if he didn’t move forward towards his goal of knowing Christ.
Essentially he said, that he had to let go of the good stuff in his past if he was going to obatin the promise of his future. This is true for us too, so many of us get stuck in our past accomplishments and the last seemingly great thing we did and we never really move forward into what’s next.
The stark reality we have to face is that even our accomplishments can get us stuck, and this is sometimes harder to get free from than the negative.
- If a writer get’s stuck in the last great book tthey wrote, they’ll never write the next one.
- If a Pastor gets stuck on the last great sermon they preached they can block God from revealing the next one.
- If you get stuuck in the last promotion you received at work, you can end up stalled out in that position.
- If an entrepreneur gets stuck on their last campaign or innovation their buiness can plateau.
- If a spouse gets stuck on the last good thing they did for thier spouse they can cause their marriage to get stale.
I think Daphne Rose Kingma said it best,
“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.”
There is a future for you…but to access it you have to let go of where you’ve been and where you are!!