Life is short. . .
According to a sermon I heard yesterday, we have an average of 27,375 days in our life span. That means:
If you are 25 years old, you have 18,250 days to live.
If you are 50, that leaves 9,125 days.
If you are 65, you have 3,650 days left to live.
Which is why this 21-days series can be the beginning of transformation.
Imagine your brain.
How much time have you devoted to thinking about what you cannot change? How much energy have you expanded toward trying to fix it, manage it, or nurturing those emotions wrapped around that person, past event, or thing?
Now, do a little calculation. How many of those 27,375 days have those thoughts already claimed?
Do you want to claim the remaining days? I know I do.So today, on the last day of this 21-day adventure, I want us to give ourselves permission to do one thing.
Accept that we cannot change that loss.
Accept that we cannot go back and rewrite that story.
Accept that we cannot make that person love us in the right way.
Accept that we are in a hard place that we didn’t ask to be in.
Oh Suzie, that’s hard. Don’t ask me to do that.
As I’ve shared, I’m in the midst of something I cannot change. Accepting this fact allows me to free my brain, my soul, my time, my heart to what I can change.
I can’t change cancer. I can’t turn the clock back. I can’t fix this.
Yet I can be present. I can love. I can cook a mean pan of chicken enchiladas and I can pray.If I have only 27,375 days to live my life, I don't want to spend one more day on what I cannot change. #livingfreetogether Click To Tweet
Years ago, when I was healing from the inside out, I couldn’t undo the past. I couldn’t change people.
Yet I could be present. I could accept God’s love. I could forgive. I could learn and stretch spiritually and emotionally. I could give myself grace as I awkwardly grew into my new self.
When we accept what we cannot change, we move past what we cannot change.
(Thank you to Kelly O’Dell Stanley for these beautiful graphics)
21 days just isn’t enough time to do all the heart work involved in this adventure.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
Accepting what we cannot change doesn’t say that a loss isn’t significant, or that something bad didn’t impact you.
It means that you are ready to live the rest of your days in the present, and start to receive the good things that God has for you now.
Day #21 of 21 Days to Moving Past What We Cannot Change
- Go back read any of the 21 days that you missed in this adventure.
- Click here to catch up on any that you missed.
Q: How much time have you devoted to trying to change/nurture/fix something that cannot be changed?
Q: What can you do? List those things. Celebrate them.
Q: Imagine your brain (your heart, your soul) free. What might that look like?
I’ve loved spending these past 21 days with you. Let’s cheer each other on as God continues to do a work in us and through our lives. ~ Suzie
If you are ready to forgive? The Unburdened Heart will gently help you do that.
If you are ready to heal? The Mended Heart will help you do that.
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