Hebrews 11:1: But faith is an assurance of what is hoped for, a conviction of unseen realities.
I am on an airplane bound for Detroit to visit some of my closest friends. While awaiting take-off, I am plugged into satellite radio listening to some smooth jazz. I love jazz. Some jazz are instrumental remakes of some old, well-known, and favorite songs.
A song has come on that I’ve heard probably hundreds of times, a remake of “I’ll Keep Holding On.” This time, it’s being sung by a group called Simply Red. It’s not one of my favorite songs, but for some particular reason, I am paying closer attention to the lyrics. Now, halfway through, the lead is crooning:
“And, oh, I’ve wasted all those years, wasted all those tears.
And nothing ever had the chance to be good
‘Cause nothing ever could
I’ll keep holding on; I’ll keep holding on …”
Are you wasting your time, your tears, and your years over useless matters, problems, or circumstances? Ones that you cannot fix? Somebody hurt you? Left you? Passed you up? Put you down? Picked on you? Over you?
Stop wasting over it! Because nothing else—good—can happen to you or for you or through you or because of you UNTIL you let it go.
Easier said than done.
But you must begin in your mind to break old attitudes, thoughts, habits, routines that keep you in this insane pattern of living. Letting go will not happen overnight, but a start definitely will! Start by acknowledging what it is—or who it is—that you need to let go. And why. And the possibilities, new ones, that now lie open and available to you. If you endeavor to let go.
Start something new—anything! Rearrange your house, buy a new outfit, write a forty-day goal, take a class, start a club, clean out the garage—anything. But please do something to send a signal to your brain that a change and a renewal are on the horizon. Change can always begin with you.
If you don’t change, one of two things will surely happen: one, nothing will change. Including you. Your outlook. Your life. Or, two, a change will come about that you will totally be unprepared for and may force you down a path that you don’t want to go.
You are in control of this. You have the power. You have the authority. All you need now is the willingness to move forward. Now.
God wants you to do more than “hold on,” more than merely “wish for,” more than “hope for the best.” He expects you to live on purpose: by looking directly at your problems, disappointments, and discouragements and working with Him through them, in your attitude, in your conscience, in your behavior, and according to the benchmark of His word.
“Compare your experience with His, who was willing to stand so much hostility from sinners against Himself so that you may not become weary and despondent.” Hebrews 12:3
“But hope within sight is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, then we keep on patiently awaiting it.” Romans 8:24
“So lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your shaky knees; step out straight ahead with your feet, so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:12
He wants the best in your life and for your life. Rejoice in the fact that we don’t receive everything we ask for. And that sometimes we get stuff that we don’t want and didn’t ask for. He works it all. For us, in us, through us, because of us and, at times, despite of us. God, your God, is in control. Here. And right now.