Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31: Leave

Today's our last day together on this sharing of 31 Days of Life on the Journey. Some final thoughts I want to leave with you:

There are some things I needed to leave behind on my journey - things that weighed me down. Regrets, what-might-have beens, old dreams that don't fit the new me, all these things need to be left behind.

I can't change one thing that has already happened. If there is something to repent over and make restitution, I need to do that and move on.

Leave the bad stuff, and sometimes, leave good pleasant things that reach out and grab hold of me and keep me from moving on. You know, I sometimes like to just stay where it is pleasant. I get lulled into not wanting to make the effort to keep on growing.  Because growth means struggle ... I don't care much for struggle!

The thing is, if you are not growing, you are dying.  We were made for a challenge.  Life is richer and more rewarding if one has a goal and strives for it.  The journey to our heavenly Home is the most worthwhile goal I can imagine - especially if I am trying to influence others into making the journey with me.

I'm leaving the past behind. St. Paul said it in the Word, so I know it's God's heart, too. I want to leave it behind and press on.  

"... this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13-14

What about you?  Is there something you need to leave behind? 

This post is Day 31, and the final post, of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother.  I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge.  I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "leave."

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Gayl Wright said...

Hi, stopping by from FMF. I know what you mean about not wanting the leave the pleasant things, but we do need to keep pressing on toward the goal. Leaving things behind makes way for new things to come. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

Zippi Kit said...

Hi, I'm from FMF. This is a wonderful post you have shared.

I concur in what you say about leaving behind the regrets and the hard times, that it is good for the soul; it's truly the best way to make room to really be lead to God's leadings, His Grace. Blessings on the way, Jerralea.

Patricia Pitterle said...

I loved this one today. What a great topic for your 31 days! It can be so hard to leave where we are comfortable and pleasant and go where we might not be. New beginnings are so hard. Thank you for sharing.

betty said...

Good for you for finishing this challenge! I need to leave some of my past behind, especially the bitterness.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes needing to leave the good behind, as well as the bad, resonated with me. It's easy to stay back where it is pleasant and cozy and not move forward into what God has for us today.