I remember that first Sunday of November listening intently to what my pastor at Elim church had to say, he went on and on about how excited he was to start a new chapter in the church on necessary endings. All right then, I adjusted myself and pulled out my notebook (because I like to be overly eager) and got ready or more than ready for this sermon. I have never really thought of the advantages associated with necessary endings, STOP, EXIT, PRUNNING (I’ve taken a sudden interest in horticulture), and anything else that demands immediate attention. I just associated endings with negativity… Death, sorrow, broken relationships, gnawing regrets…how is an “end” necessary?
The good news is; we need to feel everything and these feelings are necessary for us to have the life God has planned for us, a life that is worth living, free of any holdbacks.
We are endowed with seasons, as they come, they pass too. Each season comes with its own contents, some good, some bad, and sometimes it’s a continuation of the previous season. We all jump at the prospects of fresh starts, of new babies, of new loves, of new jobs, of a new academic year, of January 1st, and boy do we go all out on those New Year resolutions…but what happens when we drag our baggage into our new prospects? Into our chance at change…real change not Obama change…(am not trying be political) that’s an easy question to answer…we simply remain the same old, sad people with double dosages of pain, rage, insecurities and misery….
so what should we do? BREAK THE PATTERN!!! Let’s not hold onto anything that takes, takes, and takes three times more on the weekend…that my friend goes into the trash can, friendships that are dodgy dropped into the recycle bin (till further notice), bad attitude into the “immediate attention bin”, horrible jobs and their horrible bosses into the incinerator.
It’s because of our ignorance that we hold onto stuff that brings us pain and misery. we don’t know our self worth, we are insecure that no one will love us for who we are. We therefore think we cannot survive on our own and hence hold onto the things that destroy and consume our whole being…. all that doesn’t matter in the now for it all belongs in the past and we are letting go and choosing freedom so let’s sing-a-long to Claire Maguire’s “Freedom”.
We are not going to be afraid of pruning the old branches weighing us down, cutting down that tree obstructing our view; we are going to do the necessary endings.
There is so much to fill your life and spirit, so many wonderful, good things awaiting you if only you can get rid of the clutter…limitless opportunities await you in your new season. Get rid of the unnecessary old branches, throw out the rags, and delete unwanted numbers…it might be a little uncomfortable but it will come to pass…stand, stand in the word of God and you’ll never have to be insecure in this cold world we live in.
So let’s make a toast, “to the new year and all years after this, to letting go, to creating space for the new and beautifully unknown, to getting happier and light hearted, to finding ourselves, loving ourselves (flaws and all), to overcoming our “goliaths” and to strength of mountains, to freedom, to making the necessary endings and to fabulousity.