Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get Over Hurt Feelings

Get over it!
These words aren't soft, gentle, warm or fuzzy. These words seem to lack compassion and mercy. Although they may sound abrupt and very simplistic often times these are the exact three words that we need to hear and heed quite often. If we don't heed those three words we may find ourselves falling increasingly into all kinds of joy-robbing thought patterns and unhealthy habits.

Like a pig to a mudhole, we keep going back to a place that gets us dirty, makes us unsightly and smelly, and keeps us from moving forward to the good things God has for us. Isaiah 43:18-19 is a passage of great hope:

                Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it                      springs up; do you not perceive it! I am making a way in the desert and streams in the                          wasteland.

How often we miss the new thing that springs up because we can't get over something from our past. It could be the distant past or what happened five minutes ago, but these things become the mudholes of our lives where we wallow on a daily basis and never find the way in the desert and the streams in the wasteland.

Why do we hang on to hurt feelings so long, thereby heaping unhappiness on our heads? We certainly don't get any revenge on our offenders by hanging on to hurt feelings? If you think that a pity party will relieve some of your hurt, think again! The more you feel sorry for yourself and harbor those hurt feelings, the more you will try to find comfort in your self-pity. It can be a vicious cycle, and, of course, only makes matters worse.

So this week try and let go of some of the hurt that you've been harboring. Make an effort to just
Get over it!

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