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Letting ‘Should’ Go…

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     Much of my life has been spent tethered to the words ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t.’

     In a previous post, I said, “Autumn is a great time for letting go…” Today, as I was thinking obsessively about all I ‘should’ be accomplishing this week, wondering how in the world I was going to make everything happen, the thought occurred, “Wow, Sue, remember, autumn is a great time to practice ‘letting go…”

     One of the tasks I have been ‘should-ing’ about is today’s blog post. I loved the topic I was working on, but making it all come together in a coherent manner wasn’t happening.

     So…I decided I’d let the post go for now and instead send this lovely photo. These beautifully colored trees lining a section of our church’s parking lot, will, before we know it, start ‘letting go’ of their brilliantly colored foliage.

     A favorite passage of scripture—one I know I’ve quoted before—is Hebrews 12:1

     …let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (MEV)

     I can hear the argument going on in some of your heads right now. Some ‘shoulds,’ you may be thinking, are nudges to motivate us to begin doing what we know is best and right to do.

     I agree.

     Other ‘shoulds,’ however, are self or other-imposed weights entangling us and keeping us from running the race God has designed us to run. We must decide which is the case.

     If you, like me, have been struggling with a long list of ‘shoulds,’ I hope these words are as encouraging to you as they have been to me.

     As I do regularly, in closing, I’m praying for you and asking God to bless your journey. I love and appreciate you!

Sue Reeve