As I was attempting to write my EmpowerMoment, I was sitting on my couch and my daughter started crying. When my child is upset and I am trying to figure out what is wrong I tend to become upset as well because I am the lioness and she is my cub. After she finally calmed down she told me, “I don’t want to leave my daycare behind. I don’t want to leave her Mommy.” So I said, “You are a big girl and it is time to go to school.” She replied, “No, Mom. She said she will never see me again and that I won’t like my new school.”
My baby has been at a home daycare for about three years and of course she has become attached to her provider. She will be turning five in two months and it’s time to let her explore the world. I am sure that her daycare provider is attached to her as well but there comes a time when even young children have to say good-bye. I was about to become agitated about her having that conversation with my daughter because I felt that she should have been encouraging her about starting a new school. However, instead of getting mad I thought about Philippians 3: 12-14. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
I told my baby that her new school is a new opportunity where she will expand her knowledge base. I also explained that in her new school she will learn a new language, have dance class and go on many educational field trips. I told her that sometimes we have to let go of the old things in order to get what God has for us.
That little scenario sparked a fire in me because I thought about how often I sit and think about what I used to be and how far I have come. It made me think about how a couple of years ago I was the life of the party and had “friends” to sell. At first it was pretty hard to accept that “my crew” didn’t come with me. And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 61-62 NIV) I realized that I had to let people and things go because I cannot get what God has for me looking back. If the people I lost were in God’s will for my life He would have saw to it that they come with me.
There are so many people and things that God is removing from my life. I know that God is removing them because it is painless. I am learning that if God removes it, then I need to let it go. Sometimes it’s very hard for us to let go of the past but we have to ask ourselves this question: “How can I get what God has for me if I don’t let the past go?”
Honestly, sometimes I feel empty with the many things and people that God has removed from my life but He has filled the empty voids with the fruit of the Spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5: 22-23 NIV) There are many, many things in my past but I have learned to “Let It Go!”
I thank You today for being a forgiving and merciful God. I thank You for protecting me in my past, even when I didn’t know I needed protection. I pray that I release the past so it will not follow me into my future. When I start to reminiscence on the past, I pray that You will direct me toward Your word and my future. Teach me, dear God, to operate in Your will so that You can show me the divine purpose for my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to leave the past in the past. If you have past hurts, relationships, people, jobs, places and/ or materialistic things that God has removed from your life, you need to let it go. Do not hold up what God has for you another second, minute, hour or day. Let the past be the past and focus on your future! I want you to know today that God has great things in store for those who diligently seek Him. Stop focusing on things that can’t add to your life and LET THEM GO!
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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.