Reach!

By Pastor Joel Sims

To create the life you want, you must let go of the life you have. In the past, I have gone through seasons of transition. Seasons where I had to let go of some things and reach for others. This is important, you will always encounter those moments. You MUST let go and REACH. There are moments where you have to let go, and moments where you have to reach!

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I FOCUS on this ONE THING: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” – Philippians 3:13

Forgetting the past: victories, failures, mistakes, and makes. Looking forward: dreaming a new dream of victory, seeing new possibilities. Letting my soul come alive to what could be!

Can I ask you a question? When’s the last time you allowed your soul to come alive over what could be? Where you smiled not at what you held in your hand, but at what you saw in your heart?

DREAM.

I have found our souls begin to wither when we stop looking forward and start trying to hold on. We so desperately try to fight to save the life we have. We turn into museum keepers instead of pioneers. Instead of creating the life we want, we settle for the life we have and don’t realize we are losing it.

To create the life we want, we must let go of the life we have.

Read that again.

What do you need to let go of today? Is it a loss? Is it a season of life?

Maybe it’s a great season of life, like summer… Summer is over! A new season is here. But you loved the past season. The moments in it. The people in it. The opportunity in it. Maybe it died though. Maybe for a while, you could – if you would have paid attention to the nudge of the Spirit in your heart – you could have sensed it dying even before it did. Maybe it’s not dead yet. But you sense change.

Life is a collection of seasons. The sooner you understand that the better. Few things are eternal. Which means many things in life will pass away and not last forever.

It’s painful for your soul if you don’t acknowledge that. But it’s necessary Because not letting go hurts.

Can you imagine the frustration of trying to hold on to Autumn?

Autumn is my favorite season. The weather, fires, the leaves changing. It always hurts when winter sets in. But it will. Can you imagine the frustration of trying to hold all the leaves onto the trees? Loving a season so much you refused to let go of it?

People live that way. So, How do you let go? You let go by reaching forward!

It’s that simple and that hard.

You MUST fill your present mind with more hope for the future than the pain of the past. Refuse to look back in anger, shame, sadness, or grief.

There are only two good reasons to look back at the past:

1: Thankfulness for what you’ve been blessed by

2: Lessons you learned that will make you better today

Journal if you must! Journal why you are thankful! And when you are done? Say, “Now… I let it go!

Pick up a new journal! Dream a new dream: where will you go? What will you do? What kind of income will you make? What mountains of life do you want to climb?

REACH!

Dream A new dream: What habits do you want to learn? What milestones do you want to pass?

REACH!

Dream a new dream: What 3 things do you want to accomplish by the end of the year? What physical barriers can still be broken? What does a new schedule need to look like? Let go of the old one. Create a new one that fills your life with peace.

…but I FOCUS on this ONE THING: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” – Philippians 3:13

I Reach for what’s ahead!

April 1, 2024