A thought by Leonard Sweet, (2014-02-21) from his book, The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn't Have to Be Such Hard Work (p. 175). Tyndale Momentum. Kindle Edition.
As I was walking back home after doing some reading at the local Peet’s Coffee I was thinking about some of the things that worry me here at 66 going on 67. They are things that haven’t really bothered me but they do now with my getting older. And I was wondering what it was in my past that is causing me to be bothered about not having enough money to live on after Margaret retires too. I never have been concerned about money but now I am. Why?
Of course some would say that I need to be concerned. I understand that but why is my faith lacking now when I have always lived my life with faith that God would take care and He always has? And the thought went back to those weeks when we were really close financially and we had to be very careful and remembering how I felt trapped in those times. I was very anxious and I was hard to live with and I don’t want to live that way. And this thought brought me to the task of letting those memories and fears die. They don’t need to be the controlling memories but the times that God always brought us through and supplied our needs can be and must be the controlling memories.
Leonard continues the thought, “Some things need to die in our lives: giving up a bad relationship that is dragging us downstream, giving up a bad career that is slaying our souls, giving up a bad grudge that is hanging on and hanging us up, giving up a dream when its pursuit causes untold health problems.” Somehow by God’s help we need to let them go. Find those memories that give you hope and faith and courage and let them control you.
There is a renewing of our minds by God's Spirit that gives us a new perspective of our life that God wants us to have. Ask Him to do that in you.
So what needs to die in you?