I held my daughter in my arms last night as she cried.
These weren’t tears of joy. These were the tears you shed when your heart is hurting.
Sara quit gymnastics this week and it’s been a painful decision. She has been in this sport for 4 years (half her life) and two of them were competitive.
Several factors played into her decline in enjoyment, one of them being the amount of time it took away from our family. It seemed she was gone more than she was home. That stopped working for us.
And while she feels this was the best decision, there are certain things she is mourning. There are people she will miss seeing. There are activities she hates to leave behind.
Leaving something behind isn’t easy… but sometimes it’s necessary. When we do, we go to the next level of intimacy with God.
What is God asking you to leave behind today?
- Maybe you need to leave an offense behind as you walk into freedom.
- Maybe you need to walk away from your pride and ask them for forgiveness.
- Maybe you need to leave behind a desire that God continues to close the door on.
- Maybe you need to off-load a belief system that leads you down a dead-end road.
- Maybe you need to leave behind resentment that your life isn’t what you thought it would be.
Sometimes to step into our new life, our only option is to walk away from something.
Philippians 3:14 talks about this. “Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.”
We all have things in our lives that we need to leave behind. They just don’t work for us anymore.
- Maybe we are ashamed of them.
- Maybe they rob us of joy.
- Maybe they are destructive.
Regardless, it’s because Christ gave His life on that cross that we can walk away from those unrighteous things and allow God to reshape our lives to better glorify Him.
We can change.
Sara has some ideas on new things she wants to try and different ways to spend her time. And while her heart is mourning a loss of something very familiar and comfortable, she knows it’s time for something new.
Sisters… it’s time for you, too.