I love New Years. Something about new beginnings and chances to improve always gives me a feeling of hope and excitement. Plus, I just love champagne. It’s almost as invigorating as the idea of letting go of “the old” things you want to forget or habits you want to change. Like running like an Olympian to catch the kids’ bus every day. Or drinking that second (okay fourth) cup of coffee before three.
I think the innate desire to get better, go further, and stretch stems from God. He seems to be quite the opposite of stagnancy and comfortable familiarity, or boredom. But many times in order to evolve and be closer to our best selves, we have to let go of some things, and even experience some growing pains. It can be admittedly difficult, especially when we’re letting go of people or habits that have been with us for long, or bring us extra comfort. But if you feel God’s calling out of something, it’s only for our best, and there will be joy and freedom on the other side of the struggle. It helps to focus what we’re being drawn towards, instead of what we’re ‘losing’ or giving up. And when change gets tough, remind your heart to trust that anything we’re letting go of, is for our own good. God knows what how we’re built, what we struggle with, what we need, and how we’ll get there. Here are six things to let go of, in order to make this year a great one.