Wow!!!This year is coming to an end already and it feel like it’s been the quickest year yet!!! So here’s to the last blog of 2014 and an anticipation of a new year, better than the last!!!
As An office assistant (student) one of the most important jobs I get to have at the end of the year is purge staff…Take out the old,bring out the new, decide on color coding for the coming year…That fun stuff (insert sarcastic font there).Starting that this year,I got to thinking about the importance of purging in my own life and how that works….No,I don’t mean throwing out tonnes of files or color code my life-which maybe I should start doing, that would make life so much easier. And no,I don’t own a personal office but you know what, the brain works the same way.Experiences,emotions felt, thoughts and memories are almost like folders filed away in our brains.
I got to thinking about how I constantly play out events, over and over again in my head which sometimes stops me from walking out bravely into a new season and new experiences.So in the spirit of purging, here’s how I’m planning to purge my mental filing system as the new year draws near:
1. I’m purging memories.
There have been so many memories created this year. With loved ones lost in our family, there are memories of pain, of sadness and of realizing that being far away you won’t get to say goodbye to people you loved so dearly #InternationalStudentProblems!!!! At the same time,there’s good memories too. Moments of achievement, the feeling of being loved truly by those around me. The times when I felt so covered I knew I lacked nothing.
So those memories, the important ones are color coded and put in storage.The bad ones,well…those are going in the trash!!!
2. I’m purging thoughts
Do I even need to elaborate here?This year I have learnt so much about how powerful my thoughts are.The Lord has shown me that, where I allow him to guard and guide them, there is so much more that I can jump into. I have understood that negative thoughts can hold me back, and have held me back in so many ways. I relearnt that the enemy is very good at construing my thoughts and using them against me!!!
So to those thoughts that have held me back this year, I’ve got one thing to say….BYE FELICIA!!!
3. I’m purging negative feelings
I will be the first to admit that the way I feel is strongly affected by those around me and usually moments of hurt and disappointed linger longer than they should. There have been a couple of times this year that I have held negative feelings regarding situations that I felt dragged into or conflict that could have easily been avoided… There are times when I had negative feelings towards those I felt close to because of things said or done.
Those are being purged, I’m letting go. Purging in this area marks forgiving and (hopefully) forgetting any situations that brought anger,resentment and any other negative feelings!!!
4. I am setting new color codes
As people, we are always enchanted by the idea of a new year and an opportunity to set new goals and “New Years Resolutions”. So I’m bringing in new hanging folders and color coding for this new year. Creating space for new hopes, dreams, planes and the process of working towards new goals.More than anything though, I am allowing the Lord to be the purger!! Letting him ultimately decide what needs to go and what needs to stay, allowing him to dictate what new labels I need to print out and what folders I need to start working on for the coming year!!!
T-11 HOURS TO 2015
GOD ’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over).
Lamentations 3:22-24 [MSG]