Perhaps the most challenging problems we face in life are family problems. I could enumerate the kinds of issues, but you already know them. Some families seem to give a wide berth to each member while others are deeply intertwined. Still, under quiet waters, there can be deep currents that pull, push, pummel, and punish individuals or whole families.
I just read a secular blog on MindCafe that relates to the topic of being brave when dealing with problems. The title of the article is, “This is the Way to be Brave Again,” written by John P. Weiss.
The blog is a fascinating, well-written article. I don’t agree with everything Mr. Weiss says, but I do find his article thought provoking. For me, the best take-away from the blog post is a quote from Melody Beattie. Who is Melody Beattie? I don’t know, but I like her quote.
“Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.” — Melody Beattie
As we we grow in Jesus, let’s be selective shoppers. Let’s add to our lives only things that are pleasing to Jesus; any more or any less will make our lives unnecessarily difficult. I’m sure we have enough challenges without hanging onto things that are beyond our control.
The idea of letting go is pointed out in this familiar passage of Scripture:
Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.“
Just as we do before checking out at our favorite grocery store, it helps if we rummage through the shopping carts of our lives. There may be people we need to let go of, and there may be people we need to add to our lives. Your spirit and mine will thank us for it. (1 Corinthians 2:11)
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