“if someone says to you, there’s some dead wood here and it needs to be burnt off, and you say to yourself, some of this is still alive, so when this burns it’s going to hurt, no kidding. But maybe the thing that emerges in its place is something better and i think, this is the secret of humans, this is what we’re like. Unlike any other creature is that, we can let our old selves die and let our new selves be reborn, and that’s what we should do”.
I’ve been putting off posting for a while, and for that i’m sorry. I was planning on posting about the new year, and how our God stays the same, even when times change. But there was something stopping me, a feeling telling me it’s not right for my first post of 2018. At the time i allowed myself become convinced that this feeling was wrong. That was, until last night.
Last night i was able to attend Dr Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” talk, along with attaining a copy of the book that this talk is based on.And to say it was life changing is no exaggeration.
(Also, i got to meet the good Doctor, which was great)
If you are not aware of Dr Peterson’s work, i couldn’t recommend it enough. I’ll leave a link to a section of one of his talks on depression, because i’ve found it so helpful having a lens pointed at my thinking in such a way that makes me want to change.
Anyway, this talk that i attended had so much content i could go into (and i will in the coming weeks) but there was something that was said during the brief Q&A that took place after his talk, that the Lord singled out to me as “the one” to start this year with, that this was the one that i need to put into practice.
I have an issue of letting things go. This isn’t a grand revelation to me in one sense, it’s something i’m aware of, and something that i am working on slowly. Slower than i’d like but there’s progress none the less. However, in another way, this may be one of the most important things that i could ever learn. And the reason i’m sharing this is i know there are many out there like me, that don’t only hold onto the bad things that the people in our lives have done, but also hold onto a dying dream that we won’t let die because we know we can still save it, that somehow if we drop everything else in our lives to save this dream, that’ll make it come back to life.
The reason i mention this is because in the aforementioned Q&A, Dr Peterson was asked about how these rules apply to his life and himself, and he began to explain about the importance of being able to recognise the things and the issues that are holding you back. and the example given really hit me in a way i can’t explain, “if someone says to you, there’s some dead wood here and it needs to be burnt off, and you say to yourself, some of this is still alive, so when this burns it’s going to hurt, no kidding. But maybe the thing that emerges in its place is something better and i think, this is the secret of humans, this is what we’re like. Unlike any other creature is that, we can let our old selves die and let our new selves be reborn, and that’s what we should do”.
This spoke to me on such a visceral level. It was like a bullet to my very being. Because until now, it’s the burning i’ve been worrying about. I hold onto things that, ultimately, can’t be saved no matter how much i’d like them to. And i could try for the rest of my days to hold on to these living pieces of wood, but in the process, i’d just end up setting fire to the perfectly healthy tree.
I’ve felt the need to let go of some certain situations in my life, and i have felt God’s prompting, but in my arrogance and quite frankly blindness, i’ve drowned out that voice in the back of my mind telling me to move on. Because i believed i could save an already dead tree.
I wanted to share this in the hope that, if you’re anything like i am, and you’ve been holding on and trying to save those pieces of living wood. That it’s time to let them go into the flames. And yes it may hurt, but we know there is something better, because our God is a God of good things, and he doesn’t shut one door without opening another. I know that can be a hard truth to hold on to, but it’s a truth none the less.
So if you’re reading this right now and this has spoken to you, please, for your sake, as someone who has the same issue, let that dying wood burn, and be ready for the better things that lay ahead.
I’ve been rather inconsistent with the blog over the past couple of months, i’ll be trying to my hardest to go back to by weekly content. Thank you for everyone that has stuck around in my inconstant posting period, and i pray that those of you that are new to this blog get something out of this content. I’ve posted a link to the talk in question below, it’s an hour and a half, but i can’t praise it enough. Give it a watch and i pray it helps you like it’s helped me!
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