Wednesday, March 11, 2009

GOODBYE. A GIFT

I happened upon this sermon Let Them Go by TD Jakes a few years ago. I couldn't receive the message then, because I was too caught up in mess to really digest it. I re-connected with it a few days ago while visiting a new blog I came across called Battle Scars and Exit Wounds. Their post The Gift Of "Goodbye" linked this sermon and this time it WOWED ME! So of course you know I just believed it was speaking directly to me. I found a version that I liked and here it is:

There are people who can walk away from you.
And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you: let them walk.
I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.
When people can walk away from you let them walk.
Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.
People leave you because they are not joined to you.
And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay.
LET THEM GO!
And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over. And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over
so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead.
You've got to know when it's dead.
You've got to know when it's over. Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of goodbye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in goodbye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it. Stop begging people to stay.
LET THEM GO!
If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to...
LET THEM GO!
If you are holding on to past hurts and pains...
LET THEM GO!
If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth...
LET THEM GO!
If someone has angered you...
LET THEM GO!
If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge...
LET THEM GO!
If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction...
LET THEM GO!
If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents...
LET THEM GO!
If you have a bad attitude...
LET THEM GO!
If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better...
LET THEM GO!
If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship.......
LET THEM GO!
If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves...
LET THEM GO!
If you're feeling depressed and stressed...
LET THEM GO!
Get Right or Get Left, think about it, and then...
LET THEM GO!

5 comments:

The Bear Maiden said...

Word.

Moanerplicity said...

This is powerful & self-empowering. Without ever hearing or reading it before, it pretty much sums up the way I feel, emotionally.

It's like Sista Badu sang in On & On: "And if you don't wanna be down with me, you just don't wanna be down."

Hard as that might be to swallow, the journey continues. No one charts our journey BUT US. Those who leave us have walked all the distance they were supposed to walk w/ us, but OUR walking continues.


It's a powerful idea because it's the absolute TRUTH, Ruth!

SJ!

One.

Lin

Lovebabz said...

Hello Bear Maiden!


Lin,
You are such an encouraging spirit. Thank you kindly. Yes our walking continues.

Solomon said...

I've been holding on to a few things and I think I can now...

LET THEM GO!

You are an inspiration to me Lovebabz!

Dallas Black said...

I subscribe to TD Jakes' podcast!