Throughout our lives we will face obstacles. This is something I have understood for as long as I can remember. Difficulty will come our way, but we have to keep having faith, moving forward, and holding on. But it wasn’t until I experienced obstacles myself and felt like there was no way to continue holding on that I came to understand another challenge: letting go.
Letting go of resentment and forgiving those who have hurt you. Letting go of expectations, the ones you hold yourself and others to. Letting go of regret, guilt, embarrassment for mistakes you have made. These are times where holding on is only holding you back from your purpose and potential.
When things don’t go the way I hoped they would, I often focus on the “what ifs;” what I or someone else should have done differently in order to get a better outcome. As time goes on, I’ve come to realize that wishing I could go back in time or holding onto those feelings will only lead to more negative thoughts. We cannot change what has already happened, but we can learn from it as we continue to grow, forgive, and push forward. I believe that our Heavenly Father wants that for each of us, to live our lives with open arms and without the burdens of the past.
Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
When we learn to let go of negativity, we allow ourselves to be more Christlike. We can love others the way He did, without resentment or frustration. Letting go of past mistakes enables each of us to focus on the road ahead without dwelling on what we cannot control. Our families and our hearts can be strengthened by allowing ourselves to start letting go.