45 – Let It Go
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
When people leave you, let them go. Their part in your story is over.
I. Understand the Value of Time
We don’t have forever to get it together. Stop wasting time on things that don’t matter. Things that don’t add value. Learn how to say goodbye and Let It Go.
How valuable is a month? Ask a mom who’s baby was born a month early.
How valuable a year is? Ask a child who failed a grade.
How valuable is an hour? Ask someone who is nearing death and is waiting for someone to arrive.
How valuable is a week? Ask someone who gets paid weekly and they don’t get paid that week.
How valuable is a minute? Ask someone who has missed a flight.
Time is a human convention. We created today, tomorrow and yesterday.
2 Peter 3:8 One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
We are limited in our scope.
In a 76 Year Life Span
3 years acquiring an education
7 years eating
14 years working
5 years riding in an automobile/airplanes
5 years talking
1 year sick or recovering from sickness
24 years of our life sleeping
3 years reading
12 years watching tv, movies, fishing
Church is less than 5 1/2 months.
II. Don’t Be a Slave to the Past
Learn how to value time and don’t be a slave to the past. Don’t see people or ourselves with yesterday eyes.
Paul said…..if he can forget his past….when he was Saul (the chief sinner).
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind.
Not forgetting is only hurting you. It is not hurting them at all. It is a burden in your life, not theirs.
Let the bags of the past go. Can’t enjoy the things from now.
III. We Need to Establish a Priority in our Lives
Paul said this…..a PRIORITY, not priorities. “But this ONE THING I do….reach forth to what God has for me.”
But his one priority was
If anything and everything can pull you away from the main thing, then it isn’t the main thing. The main thing should not be optional. If it is optional, it isn’t the main thing. Don’t expect Him to be the main thing for you if you don’t treat Him as the main thing.
What is your focus?
Don’t hold on……Let It Go!
Tamala R. Maddox, Ph.D.
R.F. Bumpus Middle School