You know that saying “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!” that is pretty popular and familiar? The other day I was thinking over some things in my life and how I felt like I was always tying another knot on and trying to hang on. But then it hit me! Maybe instead of tying a knot I should learn to Let Go instead.
I don’t mean GIVE UP necessarily. I don’t know that I mean QUIT either. But sometimes, I think we get to the end of a rope and we are supposed to Let Go and Move Forward. Maybe it’s like a new chapter in a book. At the end of one chapter, you usually have to turn a page to get to the new chapter, right? Maybe when you get to the end of the rope, it means it’s in fact, THE END, and letting go allows you to move into the next phase.
(Do any of you know what I’m talking about here or is it just me?)
I have lived my life with a LOT of expectations. It’s my nature. Some of them have been well-founded, well-meaning and rational. Others have been totally unrealistic and way unbelievable.
For those unrealistic expectations, am I just supposed to “tie a knot” and keep hoping something will come of them? Or should I let go and see what happens?
Yeah – it’s probably got something to do with the end of one year and beginning of another. It probably has a LOT to do with some serious life changes going on – and I think I mean the serious female peri-M-word change of life.
I’ll be honest: Where I am in my life today is not at ALL where I thought I would be 5 or 10 years ago. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it certainly is NOT what I envisioned. Should I hold onto my old expectations and hopes and dreams or do I need to let them go and shake them off and work to get a new vision?
I think sometimes we hang onto things in our lives because we DON’T want to quit and we DON’T want to admit failure or disappointment. But I also think that holds us back more than it should.
So as the end of the year approaches, I am looking at ways I can LET GO instead of ways I can tie a knot and hang onto things that are not meant to happen in my life in the first place. I think tying on a knot leaves me entangled in things that prevent me from growing and moving forward into what God ACTUALLY has planned for my life. I think my motto for 2013 is going to be LET GO…
What do YOU think?