Digging through my makeup bag, I pick up three old mascaras before I finally find my brand new Cover Girl one. The others haven’t made their way to the trash yet. I’m always scared one will get jacked up and not go on right so I’ve kept the others as backups. Just in case. Can’t be having no lack of makeup emergency. Naw girl.
Kind of makes me think of how we like to hold to on things. People from our past. Friends from middle school we should’ve parted ways with. Notes from old boyfriends. (Don’t worry Gary, you’re the only one I have notes from! All the rest are long gone!)
2 Corinthians 5:17 says that once we begin our life in Christ, our old life is gone and a new life has begun. The person we were before is dead and gone. Sianara. Adios. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. You can giggle. I did too.
Let me ask you something. How’s that road kill smell? You know, the possum that stared at you with its beady little eyes before you punched him in the face with your car? Would you pick him up, brush that possum’s hair, put a VA Tech jersey on him and bring him to dinner? Oh gosh no. Sorry. I just threw up in my mouth a little. The thought of road kill makes my stomach turn.
Let the dead be dead. If God has delivered you from it – leave it. If someone or something hasn’t made its way to your present, maybe that’s your gift. Sometimes God tries to gently lead us away from things but He has to pry them out of our hands because we just cant let it go. Loosen your grip, baby. Some people never come back knocking on your door. Others don’t seem to get the hint. And sometimes you will have to man up and decide who makes the cut.
I’m not saying we won’t have our struggles. Paul admits he had his Achiles heel. Romans 7:15 tells us, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” I don’t know about you, but I can totally relate to Paul. I love how God used a man who was so completely jacked up to do His will. One who killed Christians, had a God encounter, then suddenly becomes a representative for Christ. Wow. Talk about an interesting story for his class reunion.
The thing is, we can’t do what God has called us to do if we’re holding on to the old, dead things from our past. Mark 2:22 says, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” We are supposed to be transformed by Him. If we aren’t transformed and have hope to make it through this messy life and encourage others in the process, what’s the point? It’s a waste of time.
Thankfully, God knew we were messed up long before He sent His son to rescue us from ourselves. We do a pretty crummy job on our own. I know I do. We have the power to change. He has given us everything we need to make it through this life. It’s locked inside of us. We just have to go to a His word and seek Him to find the key.
And my friend, one of those keys involves getting lost. Get lost in Him. Drown in His endless ocean of grace. Submerge yourself in His love. He has a plan for you, darling. And it may just be on the other side of the trash can. Maybe that’s why you haven’t had your break through. It’s time to chunk those old mascaras in the garbage. Don’t settle and run back to the old clumpy mess. He has greater things in store for you! Don’t go digging through the trash. Leave it there and move forward.
Living Live Unscripted,