the will to live-day 16
Photo by: Elijah Wells
God is good family. To serve a forgiving God is a true gift on this side of heaven. As I look out into nature I am reminded of all of the times God has forgiven me. I see a multitude of stars that I can’t count, which reminds me of other things I can’t count. Like how many times I’ve sinned, and how many times I’ve been forgiven. Or how many times God has afforded me grace, or how many times His mercy saved me. When I start to think about all of the things I can’t count, I am reminded of my human limitations and I am humbled.
I am humbled that through my ups and my downs, I have always had access to the life force that brings balance. I have always been only one breath away from God. Breathe with me for a moment.
Let’s get closer to God. Take a deep breath in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds at the top, and slowly release for 5 seconds. Do this as many times as you feel necessary. There’s no rush. I’m still with you.
Nice to have you back...
To me, forgiveness feels like mediation. I never really knew what letting go was until I learned how to connect with my breath. I learned that you can only hold on for so long before you have to release. In life we’re constantly taking things in, taking people in, and we hold on for as long as we can. Then, there comes a point where we must let go. Knowing that we have more life to look forward to. I’m here to remind you that you have more life to look forward to. The past is the past. Breath in the next phase of your future. There is beauty in letting go.
Maybe God allows certain situations to transpire because we have to learn how to let go. If we hold on to one idea or thing or wrong too tightly, we could very well miss the next, which could very well be God’s best. I want to encourage you that it’s healthy to forgive.
It’s healthy to forgive your mother, your father, your brother, your ex, your abuser, and yourself. It’s okay to let go of that hurt and breathe in new life. New life feels good! There’s too many hurt people hurting people so we must heal individually so that we can thrive collectively.
I love you family. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope you find your #WillToLive. I trust that God is showing you how to let go every time you exhale. You have life to look froward to. You have promise waiting on you. When life gets to be too much, or the pain begins to hurt like never before, remember, forgiveness is “ a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.” - chicagotribune.com
Check in tomorrow, I’ll be talking about what we “deserve”