“If you know that shirt does not fit, don’t force it, throw it out!”
Today is November 1st, 2021 which means we are getting close to the new year! I hope everyone has written out their goals for this month and that you are ready to tackle them all. I wanted to share this with you since we are in a new month.
I was sitting with my counselor, and we were telling about ourselves and what I wanted to accomplish during our time together. As she was speaking, some of what she said was going in one ear and out the other. But one thing that stuck with me was about getting rid of worn-out clothes. That’s when I really started to pay attention because I never looked at life that way.
I am sure most of us have done spring cleaning before; which I usually do before the year ends or before spring comes in. During that time, I always have a lot of clothes that I need to get rid of. Most don’t fit or they are worn out. After, I have gathered up all the clothes, I usually place them in a big black trash bag for me to drop off at Goodwill. Now, I do not know about anyone else, but I usually don’t take those clothes to Goodwill right away like I should. I usually leave it by the door or put it outside in our storage room. But the question is, why am I still holding on to that bag of clothes? And honestly, I could not even tell you.
It is the same with people or bad habits that we hold on to. We know we should get rid of those bad habits, but we still hold on to them. Ask yourself, “why is it so hard for me to let this bad habit go?” Is it going to do me any good by holding on to it? Probably not. There are people in our lives that we should get rid of. Instead, we try to rekindle old friendships or relationship trying to see if it “will work this time.” Trust me, if it did not work before, it probably won’t work now. Yes, I know people grow and people change but when God elevates you, you are no longer in a position to bring old relationships along with you. Do not hold on to the very things that God brought you from or out of. That old black trash bag that you are holding on to; let it go!
The purpose of packing the clothes up is because you already know that they are no good. They are worn out, out of shape, and tore up from the floor up. But you are still trying to force them into places they do not belong. God knew we were going to run back to the past because Isaiah 43:18-19 tells us, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!... do you not perceive it?"
Receive the good that God is about to do in your life and throw the trash bag out. It’s old and it stinks! God cannot do what He wants to do in your life until you are ready. So, are you ready to throw out those worn-out clothes?