Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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Rebuilding and Letting Go
…a time to tear down, and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:3
You may remember some months I shared how my favorite bench along the trail was hit by a fallen tree. Little did I know, I actually had an attachment to a bench. What I have not told you was that someone built another bench in that same spot. I thought at that time how nice it was for someone take their time to do that. But, you know, I have yet to sit on that new bench. I realized this week that in some crazy way I was holding on the experiences, the quiet times, the beautiful moments on the destroyed bench that I have not allowed myself to even sit on the new bench. Ridiculous isn’t it?
Yet, because of our human nature we do that all the time. We don’t like change and we tend to hold on to the past inappropriately. And by inappropriately, I am not saying we need to forget the past or the lessons we have learned from the past. But when holding on the past prevents us from moving forward it is a problem. It took me a while to realize it, but I was holding on to that old bench that has now been long gone.
I think the next time I go to the trail, I just might pause a moment and sit on that new bench and see what it has to offer. How about you? What new opportunities do you need to embrace? What do you need to let go of from the past?
Think about it…
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11