I am an over-thinker. I get hung up on what people say and what they don’t say. I obsess about what I say and how I think people may have interpreted what I said. It may be a bit neurotic, but I know I am not the only one with hang ups. I have a co-worker who gets hung up on dirt, so as soon as she comes in to work she starts wiping down everything with Lysol. I know someone else who is obsessed with their food preparation, so they need to know who prepared what they’re going to eat before they eat it. Naturally, this person finds it difficult to eat out. A lot of people have quirky hang-ups.
There are times however when our hang-ups cannot be taken lightly. Maybe it is a disappointment we can’t forget that keeps us from trying something new. Maybe it’s a friendship that is toxic to us that we can’t let go of. Maybe it’s a heartbreak that we keep reliving that keeps us from being open to new relationships. Maybe it’s a pursuit that we keep going after despite hitting roadblock after roadblock.
The wise man Solomon suggests to us in Ecclesiastes 3 that maybe it could be time to let some of these things go. According to him there is a time for everything under the sun, with the underlying message being that we should be careful not to get stuck as we travel through life. We will have both high and low experiences that will make a major impact on our lives. But no matter how great that impact we must ensure that we do not get stuck in the memory of those experiences and in so doing stunt our own growth. God has a plan for our lives full of many moments intended to help us continually grow and be successful. However if we allow ourselves to get tied to things in our past, we will never be able to move forward. As you go into this week, I encourage you to ask God to show you the things in your life that you need to let go of and to help you release them. In so doing you will free yourself for all the wonderful possibilities God has in store for you.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8