“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
My best friend is getting rid of clutter and chaos in her home. She’s already dropped off a dozen bags of clothes to Goodwill. She’s cleaning and clearing out closets and drawers, too. She is practicing a beneficial life hack. Yes, just like the hit song from the movie Frozen, she’s letting go!
In recovery we do better when we let go. Let go of the past. Let go of expectations. Let go of resentments. Let go of trying to control people, places and things. We let go and let God. We let go and we move forward with God’s call to guide us. When we let go, we make room for the present moment, and the next and the next after that. We make more room in our hearts for God.
Whether we realize it our not, our entire lives are about learning to let go. From the moment we are born, we let go of our mother’s womb and embrace our life in the world. At our death, we let go of our mortal body and embrace our existence with God. Those of us who learn the art of letting go have a much easier time in life. We have an easier time in recovery as well.
F.R.O.G. Practice: Let go. Don’t hold onto anything from the past. Let God guide you forward.