I was challenged to write for five minutes on the word ‘good-bye’ this past Friday. A very fun challenge that also got my wheels turning round and round. And, to be honest, they are still turning.
I used to believe that saying good-bye was a bad thing. Superstitious and fearful me made it feel like someone was dying if I let go of something or someone. I always wanted to be the peacemaker and make everything okay. Can you imagine what that did to my soul? Well, many things, but I will share a couple.
First, it hardened me. I would avoid new adventures or new relationships because honestly I knew they would end badly. And a bad good-bye might be involved. This encouraged small living because I would not venture into any unknown territory. What a pitiful way to live!
Next, it caused me to hang onto a whole lot of crap. Now, in our house, that is a ‘bad word’. So, I don’t use it lightly here. But, it is quite appropriate. If you never say good-bye because you are afraid of something that probably isn’t going to happen anyway, you end up with a lot of junk, literally and figuratively. 2011 was my year of shedding the material and emotional/mental/spiritual junk.
Now, I could go into a lot of details of what I mean by this, but I will save some of those stories for future blog material. Keep checking back! But as a result of God’s redemptive work in my life, I now know that not all good-byes are bad or painful. On the contrary, they can and have been life altering. For goodness sakes, they are GOOD-byes!!
You know what’s next. I am going to ‘get in your business’. What (or who) do you want to say good-bye to in your life? What (or who) is holding you back from being the person God is calling you to be?
What’s one thing that you can say good-bye to this week that will lighten your load and help you be more intentional about living the live God has called you to live?
I am beyond excited for you! Feel free to share by posting a comment or private messaging me.
GOOD-BYE for now! Stay tuned for the next Weekly Intention on next Sunday!