Awhile back, I was working for an organization, and I noticed around the holidays that a lot of us in the organization seemed to start checking out. We were showing up to work, but we weren’t getting much work done. Looking back on it, I think the calendar was controlling us, more than we were controlling the calendar. What do I mean by this? There was a sense for many of us that we were done with that year. We were ready for the new year.
Have you ever had those moments when you showed up, but you weren’t really all there? I think it’s easy to do in these final days of a year. You may be thinking about what new thing you want to start in a new year. You may just be feeling exhausted from this year, and want to be done with it. I understand that feeling. Before you finish 2016, I want to encourage you to do something.
Take time to say goodbye. There are probably some habits, transitions, or moments in this year that you need to which you need to say goodbye. When we don’t end things well, they continue on into our future. Those bad habits, moments, or changes that don’t have an ending to them often grow around our future like a weed, and choke the life out of it. Yes, it is easy to look into the future, and hope for a better year. However, simply hoping or wishing for something better does not mean it will happen. When we are able to articulate what we want, and what we don’t want, then we are able to take steps towards becoming the kind of person we want to be.
When I took inventory over this past year, I noticed that in the transitions I experienced, I was often searching for solid ground to stand on. Rather than live on the foundation of Jesus Christ, I often lived for the approval of what others would say about me. I know what it is like to be co-dependent in my approach to life. If we’re not careful, those old habits will choke out the good things growing in our lives like a garden weed. I needed to say goodbye, so I did. And I will keep this, and other things I said goodbye to in front of me in this new year. For me, the statement looked like this.
“I am saying goodbye to letting my life be guided by a fear of what other people think of me. I choose to live in my Father’s love, and under His approval and affirmation.”
Do you have some things you need to say goodbye to in 2016? Are there some things that you need to end, so that you can start well in a new year? I hope you take some time to say goodbye to what you need to so that you can gain some momentum as you head into this new year.
Question: What do you need to say goodbye to in 2016?