I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life I have held on to things for far too long…
A pair of pants I wore many moons (and sizes ago).
A momento from an old flame.
A wound from a friend.
Disappointment in myself.
Last year, I had the opportunity to help a family member do some purging. If you know me well, you might be laughing because you know I have some purging of my own to do. And I actually am getting around to doing just that! But the stuff seems to multiply quickly if I am not proactive and intentional. I often set things aside to deal with later and then, when later finally comes around, the opportunity or need has passed. Well, at least, when I make my next pass, it might be easier to toss!
Sometimes I hold onto things because they are interesting, I need to know more about it so I can make a decision, or it is something that needs to be saved. Sometimes I hold onto an item that is simply too difficult to release for any number of reasons. Trust me, the person who has to sort through all your treasures after you die will be thankful if you don’t have lots of piles to sort through. Start purging!
But those old wounds?
I don’t know that this can be done on your own.
I know I can’t do it on my own.
But these things — they need to go! I am pretty sure they can suck the life right out of a person. You’ve seen people that are drained and depressed by old wounds. Their pain is evident.
Do I want to look like that?
Do I want to LIVE like that?
I can’t because that isn’t living.
I need to place it all “At the Cross” and work through the process of forgiveness!
Below are the lyrics to a song that I have loved for quite some time. The melody is just as sweet.
I know a place, a wonderful place
Where accused and condemned
Find mercy and grace
Where the wrongs we have done
And the wrongs done to us
Were nailed there with Him
There on the cross
At the cross
He died for our sin
At the cross
You gave us life again
Are you holding onto something that you need to let go?