There seems to be a holiday for everything, if you go on the internet. In fact today is “Let It Go Day. I’m not sure when it originated, but the movie FROZEN certainly took off on it.
We as human beings tend to hang on to things – not only material stuff, but mental baggage that weighs us down much more than anything tangible. We can become victims of this horrible dilemma, if we continue to dwell on past mistakes, words misspoken or deeds unconsciously done. I think a more reasonable word for this is called guilt.
Guilt can eat away at us, often more so than the deed itself. I spent much of my childhood believing that I would never amount to anything. So many wasted years, because there really was no reason for those feelings. Much of it was self-inflicted. Some of it was caused by words used by my dad, which cut deeply into my psyche. However, he had his own demons to deal with.
I grew up in a legalistic church which preached death and damnation (which is all I heard) but the message of the Gospel was clouded by my images of rotting in hell. With each year of my life, the weight of all that guilt became intolerable.
When the truth of the love of God was finally revealed to me in truth, it was as if all the heaviness vanished. Much of our guilt is a result of our upbringing, our surroundings, the people we associate with and a warped opinion of God’s anger.
We definitely need to stand in awe of our Creator, but we shouldn’t be afraid of Him. He welcomes the greatest of sinners into His waiting arms. Run to Him for comfort. Let it go!