In focusing on our word of 2017, “Up,” we have spent some time in January focusing on Backing Up. We have reflected and focused on our past that we want to change so that we can attempt to heal and use those moments as launchers to move us UP. The largest aspect of healing is grief.
2 Corinthians 7:10 tells us: “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret.” We must allow ourselves the grace and the time to grieve our failures, our heartbreaks and our losses. We must remember not to try and move on too fast, for we end up shaping those losses to make ourselves feel better instead of fully dealing with the truth of what the loss brought.
I’m guilty of invalidating my grieving, and comparing the process and time that I need to take to others around me. It can be difficult to remember how unique we all are, and maybe we should just “get over” things faster because others seem to. Validate yourself, allow yourself to take the time you need, and continue to seek God in your grieving. Only He promises a salvation that leaves us with no regret when we do so.