I mean... it's just a bracelet, right? A pretty cheap one at that.
|I mean after 2.5 years, it broke. Cheap, I tell you. ;)|
But, at the same time. It was a constant reminder of something more: lost expectations and failing. Failing on my commitment to stay. It's something that I have been wrestling with for a long time. Something that I didn't think I could let go of.
Now. Now is the time to let go. With some outside help (ie my therapist. *gasp* I know! Surprise! Or maybe not) and lots of prayer, now is the time to let.it.go. (let it gooooooo, let it goooo!).
I was stuck, well, I'm becoming more unstuck, in this place of guilt and letting people down. Letting myself down. Why? Because I have been so wrapped up with doing the wrong thing. It's a moot point now, whether leaving Honduras early was the actual right thing for me to do or not, but I have realized (with help) that it's a very tangible example for an overall theme in my life.
The fear of failure holds me back (or prevents me from trying!).
The fear of letting people (me) down. The fear of doing something wrong. The fear of not living up to expectations. The worry that I have already done something wrong.
I know. Some of you are probably shaking your head and being like, really? Hello? Isn't that so obvious. This is not a healthy way to live life. Of course, I know. But, see... when you have lived your whole life this way, you don't realize that it's not normal, ya know? That is, until you talk to someone objectively and then take a step back and you're like... well, crap. I need to work on a few things, or a billion.
And that's what I am doing. It's hard. Frustrating. Messy. Makes me cry. But, it gives me hope! I have been learning so much about myself. About who I am, and who I am supposed to be. Not about what I think others think I should be.
So. Now is the time take my bracelet off and let go of the fear. Of what my past has told me is true (even if it was only in my head). To realize that even though my experience in Honduras was not what I was expecting and didn't affect me in the ways that I thought it would... it has catapulted me to take an inward examination to help me live my life more fully and completely.
My sins/mistakes do not make me unloveable or unworthy.
These words keep coming back to me over and over again in prayer these last few days. It's such an obvious statement, right? But it's something that I have only just begun to see as Truth for myself. As I work to peel back the years/layers of fear and self doubt, these are the words that keep coming back. This is what God is trying to get across to me. He is ever so patient, that Lord of ours.
Please pray for me. Please pray that as I move forward, meet new people, and live my life that I can be reminded of the words above.
God is so good.
Know of my prayers for you. :)