Do you remember the show Ground Hog Day? I am sure you do, The show stars Bill Murray and he finds himself inexplicably trapped in a small town as he lives the same day over and over again. I find that many people live the same life year after year – rarely changing anything.
Change is not just about doing new things. The best change comes when we give up the things we do not need. There is a time to let go of stuff.
This time of year is when we do some introspection and soul searching and allow God into every crevice and every activity.
And yes, it’s time to quit some stuff that has added nothing to our lives. I believe most of us could look at how social media really affects our lives. I have discovered some life-changing ways to handle social media much better. Yes, social media has a life of its own.
Some seasons force us to quit things that we once would never consider. Things like our current job or a current friendship. Friendships are not forever, and some friendships are only seasonal.
Yes, God orders news seasons.
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18–19, NKJV)
God leads us to new places and change.
It may seem odd to give up something good.
We must remember that good is never best. Moving from good to best will demand that we sacrifice the good things to get to the BEST! Sometimes promotions resemble demotions. Letting go of the familiar means grabbing uncertainty. This is not easy for some.
Laura McDonnel said, “that you always get tested the most before progressing to the next level. What if part of your story is incomplete? What if you are rounding the corner to something amazing?”
Most of our training says never quit, and there’s plenty of room for that truth.
Tao Te Ching said, “when I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
You can still hear your parents say, never quit. Our parents were only partially right. There are things you should quit and other things you should never quit.
One author said, we need to quit:
- Trying to please everyone
- Fearing change
- Living in the past
- Being afraid to be different
- Sacrificing your happiness for others
- Thinking you’re not good enough
- Assuming you have no purpose
Jennifer Hatchigan said, “There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.”
There are things we should never quit.
Things like prayer, gratefulness, encouraging others, and brushing our teeth. In my ministry, I have changed positions several times. Every change demanded that I let go of things secure and step into the unsure. On several occasions, I left a sure paycheck for no guaranteed salary.
We once moved with only 11 cents in our pocket and no job. I am not saying moving with 11 cents is a good idea. It was just the way it turned out. Leaving certain things behind is necessary to move forward to better opportunities.
New doors open wide when we let go of the familiar and take an unfamiliar road.
Do you have the courage to take a road you have never traveled? I pray you do.
Many consider what to start doing. You and I must consider what we should stop doing in 2022.
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