I hope everyone is having a great Friday so far. I had on my heart today, to talk about letting go. Through my faith journey, letting go has become an integral part of my journey and there are moments where that seems nearly impossible. Sometimes it is easier to hold onto something or someone because releasing it or them would be too difficult or painful. I am by no means an expert in letting go but I wanted to share what I have learned through my journey.
Merriam Webster defines letting go of as: to stop holding or gripping (something or someone) . This reminds me of the many times I have held on to people who weren’t going where God was leading me or holding onto a dream because I wanted to be in control of my future. It is human nature to want to be masters of our destiny, to control our future. I thought I knew better than God by holding on to something or someone. I want to tell you guys that we aren’t meant to have everything mapped out, especially in regards to the future.
We spend so much time trying to have everything structured for the future that we tend to neglect the present. We lose focus on who and what matters by holding on. From personal experience, I did more damage by holding onto an idea or person rather than letting go. Letting go does not mean that you forget that person or idea, it means you are relinquishing control from the hold that the idea or person had on you. Through the process of letting go we can finally move forward to become the best versions of ourselves that God created us to be.
The first step in letting go is realizing that the idea or person you are holding onto isn’t beneficial for us and serves as a hindrance from us moving forward. I have learned in life that not all people will go with you on this faith journey and holding onto ideas can cause us more harm in the process. For example, when I was in college I thought that I knew exactly what career I was going into and held onto this idea that this was the best for myself. I would have sleepless nights, mental breakdowns and continue to push myself to attain this idea of what I thought I was supposed to be.
Let me tell you guys there is so much freedom in letting go and giving it all to God. The burdens, the stress, anxiety becomes lifted. Of course, life won’t be rosy, there will be seasons of hardships and seasons of uncertainty. However, there will also be seasons of rest intertwined with hope. God has a way of pulling us out of bleak situations and turning it around in our favor.
Through this process of letting go, I have been challenged to be obedient and to trust God with all of my life. I have let go of ideas, friendships and things that I realized had become idols in my life. Letting Go is a constant process and God makes sure that we aren’t alone in this process. Most of the time letting go will mean being by yourself and spending time discovering who God created you to be. Letting go grants you freedom from distractions, freedom from opinions of others that have weighed you down, freedom from ideas the world tells you is necessary and freedom from additional stress and burdens holding on brings.
Let me know in the comments if you guys have had experiences with letting go. What were some ways that you demonstrated letting go? ♥.