This is an oldie but a goodie, especially in the context of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which is coming up this weekend. Ironically, the following is a sermon by TD Jakes, a Christian pastor. Regardless, I think his larger point is worth noting, internalizing and making happen:
Let It Go for 2004
There are people who can walk away from you. And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you....let them walk.
I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone. When people can walk away from you let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left...
People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay. Let them go. And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person; it just means that their part in the story is over. And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead. You've got to know when it's dead.
You've got to know when it's over. Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of goodbye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in goodbye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it.
Stop begging people to stay! Let them go!
If you are holding onto something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to Let It Go!
If you are holding onto past hurts and pains--Let It Go!
If someone can't treat you right, love you back, see your worth--Let It Go!
If someone has angered you--Let It Go!
If you are holding onto some thoughts of evil and revenge---Let It Go!
If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction--Let It Go!
If you are holding onto a job that no longer meets your needs or talents--Let It Go!
If you have a bad attitude--Let It Go!
If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better--Let It Go!
If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level--Let It Go!
If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship--Let It Go!
If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves--Let It Go!
If you're feeling depressed and stressed--Let It Go!
If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying, "Take your hands off it" then you need to--Let It Go!
Let the past be the past. Forget the former things. God is doing a new thing for 2004. Let it go! Get Right or Get left...think about it--then Let It Go!