I read this quote last week and I can’t get it out of my head. The girl who wrote it, Melissa is a brilliant Biblical Scholar. She has published articles that I have spent months trying to understand, but something about her style keeps me coming back for more. She gives nuggets of wisdom that push this stubborn girl towards grace, and most importantly…towards the ways of Jesus.
Girls, we hold on to literally e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. We say “I forgive you!” Or “I’m not upset! Please…I’m not that sensitive!” But let’s be real, we totally are. And we smile at you on the outside, but in our heads we are plotting to kill you. OK maybe not kill you but look, we want you to suffer. (Just a little bit.)
What is that doing to US though? I think refusing to “let some things go” is giving us anxiety, at the very least. Worse than that it’s destroying our relationships! It chips away at our security, makes us draw lines in the sand just because what else are we supposed to do with *all the feelings* and the bottom line is, it’s just to dang much to carry. You know what I mean? It’s like filling your pockets with rocks and wondering why in the world you are so tired after a what should have been an easy day.
Let me try a different angle…Are we walking around waiting to be offended? Coming up with drop the mic one liners before we have even been attacked? Are we assuming the worst and reading into every hint of bad body language? Can we let some people off the hook? There is a huge possibility they don’t even know they are on our line! (Was that a fishing analogy? WTH who am I?)
Why do we waste our time worrying about people’s opinions who don’t even have us in their contacts? Sisters…it’s time to let some things go. It’s time. You know it is.
I agree with Melissa and I’m putting it to the test: join me? “This is how to survive; I think.”
I love you so much. You are precious to Jesus and you are SUCH a big deal to me! You can email me with prayer requests anytime and it’s my absolute honor to talk to Him on your behalf.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”