Let It Go. It's a bit of a theme song in our house. We sing that Frozen song for ev-er-y-thing. I am super great about telling everyone in my house when they need to "let it go." (Noticing only the faults of others; it's an unfortunate skill I have.) But, me? Letting go of the hurt, I don't have anything to let go of, right?
I follow one of those special needs parent pages on Facebook. It's a little different from my own, more clinically based. I like it for the medical viewpoint. But, I forget sometimes people see the world from a different view than my own—one without Jesus. This particular post allowed parents to vent on their worst special needs moment, that thing that had been said to them that hurt the most. Let 'em have it! I can admit my fingers were primed and ready to begin typing. Like most of us, I have a moment that I just can't quite "let it go."
I tell myself it's gone. Then I hear about a person, a meeting, a situation, similar to the one when this dreaded offense happened. Or ... a Facebook post pops up giving me the chance to vent and tell others of my most horrid moment.
If I'm honest, my "let it go" moment wasn't all I make it out to be in my head. (I think I've been clear before on the extreme imagination/exaggeration that can go on in my head.) Years later (Seriously, it was eons ago.), I can see I may have been a bit emotional about the moment and truly do need to "let it goooooo."
What are you hanging on to at the beginning of this new year? Is there something you could really, I mean really, give to God this time around and let Him have all of it?
Venting. I've done it. My sister, husband, other special needs moms—they've all been on the receiving end of my venting a time or two or twelve. But, I'm not sure it got me much of anywhere but on the road to more bitterness and hate.
Giving up the ghost of this not-so-horrific offense has led me to see God working in this situation. I get to see the work being done to help us and others. I can quickly imagine how my hateful words of public venting could have altered the future.
"Again, my loved ones, do not seek revenge; instead, allow God's wrath to make sure justice is served. Turn it over to him. For the scriptures say, 'Revenge is Mine. I will settle all scores.'" Romans 12:19
Venting. Here's your chance. I don't want to know about the actual offense. Here's what I want to hear about: vent away on a general situation, habit, memory, whatever that thing is you want to start ... Letting It Go!!!
My husband and I are parents of all boys. One of whom is a young adult with both physical and intellectual disabilities. I don't always know what I'm doing as I parent these guys. But what I do know is God is teaching me big things through our trials that I probably would have never learned without them. You can find more from me at www.mostlyeandme.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @mostlyeandme.