Even though you have decided to let go of the PAST, have you discovered residue from PAST hurts, disappointments, pain and challenges? If so, try these steps on your path to let go of the PAST so you can embrace the awesome future in front of you.
1. Admit you still hurt. Physically, you can tell if a person is in pain from a past accident or medical condition. They may wear a cast or a bandage. They might limp. There may be ongoing appointments with their primary care physician. Emotionally, in letting go of the PAST, though, we often hurt on the inside where no one sees. When we allow this residue to contaminate our lives, we carry hurts we think are invisible. Eventually, though, those hurts come out in ways we could never imagine, ways we would rather they not come out.
2. Acknowledge those things that still affect your forward movement. Are you in pain? Say so! Does your heart still hurt every time you see the perpetrator of that pain? Let it be known! Now, you might not want to tell that person. However, if you have a good friend, a Pastor, a confidante, tell it! You will feel better. Oftentimes, I have told only One Person – the Lord. Sometimes, that pain has been so heavy in my heart: the discouragement has incapacitated me, or the disappointment has caused me to isolate myself. In that instance, the only thing I can do is pray a sobbing prayer. It’s OK. Do that! You will experience a release in your spirit from the turmoil you have faced.
3. Accept you are still healing. Don’t try to “fake it until you make it”! I actually despise this saying because when a person fakes it until they make it, they sometimes forget to stop faking it. They fake that everything is OK when it is not. They fake that things are different and they are not. Accept that you are still healing! Don’t try to make others believe a condition not actually present in your life. It impedes the healing process!
4. Actively seek help through prayer and Godly counsel. Don’t try to do it by yourself. God has given us people that truly love us. Go to your Pastor. Go to a close, trusted friend, one who has God’s ear and heart. Talk this thing through so you can receive healing for your soul.
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Until next time… Be encouraged! The BEST is yet to come!
Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life