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Many times in life, we move on. And we say Goodbye.
A goodbye to a lifestyle, employment, location, or even a goodbye to the people or things we have in close proximity to our lives.
And it’s definitely not always easy.
For me, I am slowly learning to abandon many aspects of the world, even though I must continue to live in it.
Saying goodbye to things that are unhealthy for us
This past week I decided to walk away from our current political landscape. And given that this is a presidential election year in the US, that isn’t exactly easy. And many of the issues at hand, I am quite passionate about.
But I’m tired of the mudslinging. Not just among the candidates themselves, but from many of their supporters.
My issue is not about voting, or not voting, it’s about human decency and honesty.
I’ve read heated, immature, and even vile, and ugly exchanges on social media, from normal, everyday people. I’ve seen opinions presented as if they were facts. I’ve witnessed people standing up for God’s laws being described as intolerant, ignorant and bigoted.
And beyond the mudslinging, it also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be aware that many of our major news networks have taken a side in who they’re supporting in the election. Even though “news” is supposed to be an impartial reporter of facts, and not opinions.
So, on the day of the election, I may still vote. But when it comes to all the political arguments and intrigue, I have decided to say… Goodbye.
I’m simply not going to allow irrational interests, selfish ambitions, and the false and wrong standards of the world influence my thoughts and actions.
I am also realizing more and more that God must be the first and highest desire of my soul, because God is goodness. And without a just and perfect God to lead not only me, but everyone’s lives…we’re headed for trouble. And by taking a look at the world and its current list of elephantine-sized problems, it also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize – we’re already there.
And I’m not just talking about politics, or world leaders. This also applies to things on a much less-grand scale.
Saying goodbye to things that take our attention from God
Anything that removes God as our highest priority should be re-evaluated.
Life is full of distractions and attachments. And when you start to remove those distractions and attachments that are either unhealthy, or even just excessively time-consuming, and instead give that time and focus to God and in helping your neighbor, you will naturally start to think more clearly and act more in accordance to God’s will in all matters.
Most of life’s struggles, from frustrations to anxiety, from anger to sadness, from grief to worry, all tend to stem from the same thing …
The struggles come from being too tightly attached to something, or someone, or even ourselves, instead of being attached to God. Instead of relying on God. Not giving God the attention He deserves, and demands.
And when we start to properly recognize these distractions and attachments and are able to say goodbye to them, amazing things start to happen.
Because there is power in saying “Goodbye” to what is often around us.
Goodbyes force us to start over.
Goodbyes remind us that nothing in this world is guaranteed.
Goodbyes can save us from continuing bad habits.
Goodbyes can help us to remove who or what is toxic or unhealthy from our lives.
Goodbyes can prompt us to find true meaning in our lives.
And goodbyes can often bring new hellos.
When we are ready to say goodbye to distractions, habits, and even unhealthy relationships, we are ready to embrace new opportunities, new people and a deeper relationship with God.
And it’s then that many of our goodbyes will make more sense to us and we will be glad that we turned that page, moving on to a new chapter in our life.
And we will truly know and understand the power of goodbye. Whether it be as in my case, our current political reality, or for others, saying goodbye to anything that takes your attention from your sole purpose in this life…
To know, love and trust God.
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