I’ve been thinking a lot lately, which is honestly probably something I shouldn’t be doing, and there’s been a few things that have been weighing on my heart. There’s a central theme around everything, though, and that’s letting go and letting God. Letting go of your fears, maybe of certain relationships, even some of passions, and just letting God take over.
It’s hard to let go of the things we’re afraid of. It’s especially hard for me, someone who worries about everything 24/7. But worrying doesn’t do anything for us, except cause headaches and ulcers. God doesn’t want us to worry, He wants us to trust Him enough to give us all our worries, all our fears. That test you have to take, the new job you’re applying for, or just something as simple as talking to people, give it all to Jesus. He cares, He wants us to give over our fears and worries to Him. He doesn’t want us to suffer alone, He doesn’t want us to suffer at all. He died for us, don’t you think He wants to take the worries away?
It’s even harder, though, to let go of relationships. As someone who has a hard time making friends, it’s even harder for me to let go of the ones I have, but sometimes you have to. Sometimes a relationship, whether it’s a friendship or an actual dating relationship, becomes unhealthy to us. People grow up, and sometimes the grow apart. It isn’t some phenomenon, it’s just life. It happens. Some people are only meant to be in your life for a season. If this person only brings you down, if they give your life constant negativity instead of joy and happiness, you don’t need them. If they suck all the energy out of you, you don’t need them. Most of all, if they make you feel like you are not enough you do not need them.
Side-note I feel is important and needs to be mentioned: you are enough. You are always, always enough. And anyone who makes you feel different, anyone who makes you feel like you need to change or be someone else, they don’t need you and you don’t need them. Jesus died for YOU, He loves YOU, not the person they want you to be, not the person they think you should be, just you. The you you are when it’s late and your tired, the you that can’t function before nine o’clock without a serious cup of coffee, the you that laughs funny, the you that gets sad sometimes. That’s the you Jesus loves, the real and broken and vulnerable and beautiful you. He loves you more in a single moment than anyone ever could in a whole lifetime. Let that sink in for a second. Okay, moving on.
Finally, we need to let go of some of our passions. Maybe not let go of these the same way we have to do with fears and certain relationships, but still let go. We all have dreams, dreams of being a singer or a movie star or a writer, dreams of being a lawyer or a doctor. Dreams of being a mother, a father. If we hold onto these dreams, if we try to go about them the way the world does, it’s not going to work. God has plans for our lives, each and every one of us, but these plans won’t come true if we don’t let them. And it’s scary, letting these things go, because sometimes they’re all we’e got left to hold onto. But if we give them to God, they’re going to become something even greater. Something so much better than we could ever have imagined.
It’s hard letting go. It’s hard letting go of friendships, relationships, fears and worries, and our hopes and dreams. But if we let go and give them to God…man oh man, does it turn into something great. Sometimes God takes our failed friendships and relationships, and He makes them so much better. Sometimes he brings new people into lives that we suddenly wonder how we ever lived without them. And once we let go of all the fears that were holding us back…it’s like seeing for the first time, like experiencing everything for the first time. By giving our passions and dreams to God, we’re letting Him lead us into His perfect plan for our lives.
It’s a beautiful thing when we shed the things that were once holding us back, it’s like having wings but not knowing how to use them. By just having them hang on our backs, holding us down and keeping us from our potential. Then suddenly someone shows us that all we have to do is lift our shoulders, and suddenly we can fly.