God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you”….So Abram left just as God said… (Genesis 12: 1, 4a The Message)
Goodbye to all the things we hold so dear to us.
Goodbye to all the things we used to do.
Goodbye to everybody far and near to us…It’s time to say goodbye to all the things we used to do now
It’s time to say goodbye to all the family and friends
It’s time to say goodbye to all the friends we used to see now
(Angela Bofill, “Time to Say Goodbye”)
I picked for my verses, the oft-read Genesis passage that conveys the urgency when the Divine calls us from our familiar places. I also picked an Angela Bofill song I have on an album here at home that conveys the time to say “goodbye” to that which is near and dear to us. Both verses are appropriate for this post.
There comes a time in one’s life when they have to up and leave that which is not conducive to their greater good-be it a relationship, place, or behavior. It’s time to say “goodbye” and move on. It could be that it’s time for you to leave that person who’s keeping you from your greater good-be it they’re sabotaging your efforts, or you’ve outgrown them. It could be moving from a geographical location where you’ve become too comfortable in and your drive to move to newer (and better) locales has flagged. It could be that house you’ve been living in, paying a killer mortgage and working yourself to death to hold onto it. It could also be certain habits you do repeatedly that don’t serve your greater good-be it health-related or otherwise.
God is telling you to up and leave something, someone, and/or someplace. He/She is saying that it’s time to say “goodbye” even to that which has been so dear to you-like Abram probably had to in the Genesis tale. This is especially true for that which we’ve become so familiar (and comfortable with). Both Abram and Angela really hit it on the head!
The journey of the follower of Jesus is a road trip that takes us from place to place in our lives. It’s a constantly forward-moving process that does not allow us to stay in one place forever; each place in our lives is only for a season. And when that place gets too familiar, too comfortable, it’s time to move on. This is how we grow and stay fresh and new, so we don’t grow stagnant. Too often in x-tianity we get stuck in a rut, or get too damn comfy. In turn, we hold ourselves back from what the Universe has for us and deny ourselves the chance to spread our wings.
In order to grow, we must let go. You can’t take a trip staying in just one place. There are going to be times where you are going to have to get up and go to where the Divine leads you.
Times when you have to say, “goodbye.”