“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
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we are not created to be alone. Humans are social creatures that crave human interaction. And while it would be amazing if those interactions were always positive, the truth is, they’re not. Sometimes they are brutally sad, negative and downright mean. And, for some reason, we hold on to the people that interact this way. Even if the relationship or friendship is over, we miss the happier moments and hold onto them even if it hurts.
Have you ever found yourself stuck? No, not like stuck in an Uber with your friends and you get middle seat. I’m referring to the kind of stuck that keeps you from moving forward. That kind of stuck. I’ve been in that place, and as lonely as it feels, I know I’m not alone. That’s why I’m sharing what I’m sharing because I want you to know that you are not alone.
Friends, it’s time to get past your past. The relationship that didn’t work out, the friend that let you down, the mistakes you made, the friend you let down- it’s time to let it go.
Take it from me, focusing on your past keeps you from living a life that God wants you to live. You get so consumed on the different ways you could have done something right or the different ways you wish you would have let something go, but because we are weak, our hearts keep going back for more and more. Sounds pretty depressing, right? Great! It should because it is and that’s NOT the life you are intended to live.
It seems like when we feel our best, like we have finally started to move on, the past will rear its ugly head and bring us back to the place where we were broken and full of shame, obsessing over the mistakes we made. We’re only human, but if we give it a second of our attention we, more times than not, lose sight of everything that God has done for us. We forget what He’s rescued us from and the blessings that came out of nowhere. The only thing that keep us from moving forward is holding on to the past. Just one thought can lead us to thinking, “I wish I could go back and do this differently,” or “why did this happen to me?” Sitting in the past is a dangerous place to be.
We get wrapped up in something that Jesus forgave you and me a long time ago. So why do it then? Why go there?
Hear this: it is very important to surround yourself with believers who seek wisdom and knowledge. Those who go on what they know and NOT what they feel.
Whatever it is you can’t let go of, it’s time. Be aware that Jesus will orchestrate the circumstance but it’s up to us to meet him in the middle and receive the strength to move on and trust him with who we used to be and who we hope to be, in Him.
Time to get past your past.
What’s something you know you need to move on from but haven’t found the strength to? Maybe you’ve already moved on from a situation and can offer encouragement to someone reading this.
Praying for you all.