Let.It.Go.

Let.It.Go.

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  • Last February I went to a women’s retreat, and the guest speaker was Sue Heimer. The retreat was about setting down your bags, and the power of forgiveness, which is right up my alley. Thought I would re-post her blog on letting it go:
 
  • Let.It.Go. by Sue Heimer
 
  • When it’s time to get over it. “Let it go.” Popular words for more than one reason. Like Elsa, they aren’t exactly warm and fuzzy words. They seem to lack compassion and mercy. They sound too simplistic.
 
  • However, I am big on “self talk” and often those three words are exactly what I need to hear. If I don’t, I find myself sucked down into joy-robbing thought patterns and unhealthy habits.
 
  • While I recognize that there is certainly a place for long-term in-depth counseling, I am convinced that more often than not many daily issues a lot of us face don’t really require a lot of advanced education to deal with successfully. We simple need to let it go or “get over it.”
 
  • How many times have you and I RE-LIVED an incident in our past, remembering every painful detail? We throw a grand party, a “pity-party” to celebrate the memory. Pity parties are addictive, as well as pitiful; pitiful because no one ever comes to the party because there is nothing to celebrate. I sit there alone, reliving the whole scene/situation in my head and I am miserable. Whether or not I have a legitimate complaint, wallowing in self-pity and nurturing my hurt feeling is not what the mature Christian should do.
 
  • Even when I was writing this I thought about a slight affront I felt a few days ago and again wasted valuable thought time, dwelling on the negative and feeling offended.
 
  • Every one of us has experienced pain. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get over those hurt feelings from our past? Here are a few steps in Letting Go I have found beneficial:
 
  • Quit Talking About It. We need a supernatural God-response to let go of hurt and pain. When you and I are so busy talking about our hurt, God does not even have a chance to get a word in. Quit talking about the injustice, offence or issue to friends, family or anyone that will listen. Repeatedly talking about the hurt only confirms, consumes and convinces us of the wrong and sets it in “concrete”.
 
  • Cry Out To God. In 2 Chronicles 20:12, King Jehoshaphat cried out to God in the midst of his situation, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” Invite God into the equation.
 
  • We may not know how to respond to our hurt, pain or rejection. There is nothing easy about “getting over it” and “letting it go”. Even when we do not have a clear answer in this extremely hard place, when we shift our perspective our circumstances may not instantly change, but the way we look at it does. It’s a springboard that launches me to let it go….before it grows.
 
  • When I take my focus off God and how He is going to help me, I continue to re-live the story or offence. It reminds me of a fishing story, it always becomes larger with the re-telling.
 
  • Trust God. In the same Chronicles chapter (verse 17), we see God responding to the king’s declaration. “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.” I love the word “tomorrow”. There are times when God whispers in my ear, “Sue, just take a chill pill. Just stand still and exhale.” I usually want instant victory when offended or hurt. I want to prove I am right, fix the problem or win the argument. Not once does the Bible say, “Worry about it”, “Stress over it”, “Figure it out”, “Rush into it” but over and over it clearly says, “Trust God”.
 
  • When you and I quit talking about our hurt, cry out to God for help and then trust and wait for His direction, God blesses our obedience. King Jehoshaphat experienced this as he re-focused his eyes on God (verses 20-27). Often it is not until you and I ask God into the equation does he fight the battle for us. If we want to battle on our own, God will let us.
 
  • When we “Let It Go” relationships are often restored, burdens lifted, energy restored, peace replaces worry, bitterness dissolves and we feel a new sense of freedom. Every time you and I choose to “Let it Go” we take a step toward victory from past pain.
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