Inevitably with change something is lost. In our efforts to get results we often choose to ignore or overlook what to others is obvious. At the same time when troubles hit and new directions are taken it is often far too easy for those intimately involved to feel what they have lost. I find myself in awe of those who freely let go of yesterday’s gem. Sports figures focus on today’s challenge, dealing with creeping age and the fresh tension that comes with playing on a major stage. Yesterday’s glory is of no use on today’s pitch, only in the reflections that begin as soon as the contest is over. If one thinks of so many professions, doctors, lawyers, and politicians just to start, it is always about today, never resting on the yesterday’s victories.
Yet for many of us yesterday’s battles left scars and burdens that we still carry. Positions were taken, hands locked with allies, things of value created. Beyond simple memories, these things often define for ourselves who and what we are. Often the value cannot be measured; it is as if we already know that they are priceless!
The trouble is, in the midst of the ongoing war, some “things” must be left behind. Whatever “it” is, for the individual required to let go it is often very painful. There is no “choice” in the matter; however this doesn’t make the process any easier.
For everyone involved I can only offer the same advice Joel gave to the people suffering through the devastation all around. “Weep like a young virgin dressed in black, mourning the loss of her fianc?.” (Joel 1.8)
The reason it is both reasonable and appropriate to let the emotions flow is because of the following facts. First, regardless of the value we place there is something that is of even greater value. Life itself! Second, life has a framework that based on God’s priceless gift for you and me. Third, everything is the future is possible! God has already won. Change maybe hard but it isn’t the end.