My husband just celebrated his birthday a few days ago. He received so many sweet messages and nice cards, but one in particular stood out to me. It wasn’t the card itself (although it was nice, too), but the handwritten sentiments inside. They came from a family member and were simple enough, but filled with wisdom.
She wrote, “I usually get very reflective during the days surrounding my birthday. I think about where I am and where I’m going. This year I packed some things to take with me; likewise I chose some things to leave behind. I hope the journey this coming year takes you on leads to adventure, healing, and a refreshing that only the Lord can bring.”
The concept of packing some things to take with us into the future and intentionally leaving some things behind really struck me as brilliant. I like the visual of that statement.
I’ve said before that not everyone struggles with a physical weight. But everyone does carry a weight of some type with them. It may be financial, or relational, or it may even be a weight you didn’t even place upon yourself—but you may have carried it for years—from one birthday to another. The good thing is that we don’t have to carry those things that don’t enhance our lives and uplift us! That realization is so liberating.
Of course, I don’t know when your birthday is—but I encourage you not to wait until then to take this introspective look at your life. There are things that we can all pack up and take with us into the next phase and there are things we—for our own benefit—must leave behind.
So like the wishes that were extended to my husband, for each of you reading this I hope the journey this coming year takes you on leads to adventure, healing and a refreshing only the Lord can bring.