Should I Stay or Should I Go?
I think we can all feel when change is imminent. The old ways just don’t work anymore. We may have been living out of synch with our spirits for so long that happiness seems long ago and far away, a dim memory, a thing no longer meant for us. When things are bad, we can become so dulled to our current experience we don’t realize the toll it is taking or how it’s robbing us of life, joy, dignity, honor, and all the things we once dreamed of. When you’re stuck, it’s hard to see up or out. The mind-numbing state makes it difficult to imagine new possibilities and almost impossible to know how much we’ve allowed ourselves to be flattened.
Fortunately, there are other people that can remind us. At times when we feel limp, lowly, and defeated, it’s important to remember who we really are and to become aware of all the options and alternatives that we have forgotten. In the flat state, we can be like oxen in the field, yoked, with our heads down, never looking up to see the horizon. But there is good news. When our discomfort becomes too much, the pain too great, and the idea of a flat-lining life is no longer good enough, we can pull up stakes and move on.
Moving on can be a frightening decision. It’s tough to let go of the familiar, to pull up stakes, and leap out into the unknown. This is where friends and faith and stories can be so valuable. They remind us of our potential. They jog us awake. They help us realize that our future can well be filled with all the things that we’ve forgotten, joy, wonder, aliveness, honor, love, and all the longings of our heart. Until then, faith can fill the gap between leaving the old and gingerly feeling our way toward the new.
Should I stay or should I go? Choose life. In its fullness.