“Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house.” Luke 11: 17
“What we think, we become.” — Buddah
Recently I moved back to Washington, D.C. after many years in the Los Angeles area. Whenever I have moved, even from one local home to another, there has been the ritual of going through closets and boxes, through things squirreled away under the house, and getting rid of not needed stuff. It is amazing to me the amount of “stuff” we can accumulate. As I went through these boxes I soon had to wonder, why had I kept most of that? Yes, maybe it had served a purpose at one time, but that ship has sailed and I certainly didn’t need to be weighted down and encumbered by it any longer. It really felt freeing to recycle and get rid of old clothes, books, and brick-a-brack. (Or as my mother would often call them, “dust collectors.”) Not only was I going to save money by having less to move, I was freeing myself to experience the new. A new home, new opportunities, new life all around me.
This is so true of our thinking. Our everyday thinking is most often filled with thoughts that are from another time. We dwell on past events, many of which I will admit are painful, and we seem to re-live those events as if they are current. Our hurt festers throughout our entire body, often making us physically ill, and our lives today become stuck in the old thoughts and emotions. We may be experiencing change, because in truth things are always changing, but for us, things are just changing to still more of the same. The logical question becomes then, “why would we want to stay there?” Well, for one thing, even though we may not like that negative place it has become comfortable for us. Comfortable in that it is so familiar that it has become a part of who we believe we are. Notice I said, who we “believe” we are.
Who we actually are, each and every one of us, is a precious child of an unconditionally loving God. It is our realization that God is always on our side, always right where we are at every moment, not to judge us, but to love us. The presence of God/Spirit allows us to feel safe in releasing and letting go of those things that no longer serve us. God is there to take whatever burdens, worries and fears we may have. God is there to bless us with a beautiful renewal of life that can sustain us at each and every moment. With God, when things change they change for the better, the more affirmative breath of life, the greater experience of abundance living and thriving in and as us.
So, how do we begin? How do we start letting go? First, believe that God loves you, just as you are. Believe that God wants you to thrive and prosper. Believe that as you begin to let go of what no longer makes your life richer that God’s Spirit rushes in to replace that now open space with blessings far greater than anything you have previously experienced. Be open to seeing blessings in new ways. Know that your good is not only at hand, but that it appears in ways you may have never before thought possible. Be open to new discovery all around you and you will find new wonders awaiting you.
It is always safe and freeing to let go. Old negative thoughts, beliefs in lack and limitation, beliefs that old hurts are what we deserve, need not ever be your reality. Your reality is God holding you firming, lovingly and peacefully.
So, what are you willing to start letting go of today? Make your list. Give it to God. You will feel lighter and the new wonders of life that await you will be amazing.
Affirmation: Today I truly let go of the past so I can fully discover the Spirit of God that dwells within me. I feel lighter, more focused and ready for the new and exciting experiences that come my way.
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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