Did you ever wonder why kids love the Frozen song “Let it go?” There have been numerous parodies and jokes about this phrase, but I think there is really something to it. The last few weeks IJ has been waking up EARLY. Now I understand some people wake up at 5 AM and it’s no big deal. I don’t really consider myself a morning person or a night owl. I’m more of a mid-day kinda girl. I like my 8 hours of sleep and I don’t like getting up before 6 AM. Yes, that means I usually go to bed before 10.
I have been trying to figure out for weeks why IJ has been waking up before 6 AM and why he is wide awake, ready for the day. Is he hungry? Is he cold? What am I doing wrong!? Izzy always slept past 7 and in December of last year IJ was doing the same. I was talking to my mom about this and she said something that really stuck with me.
When you stop dreaming of what was you can start living in what is.
I can dream and wish all I want for IJ to sleep past 6 AM, but that probably won’t change anything. I try to live in the moment as much as possible, but I needed a reality check to get back to the present. It doesn’t matter that a few months ago he used to sleep until 7. That is no longer happening. When I started accepting this and living in the moment I felt peace. I wasn’t angry that he was waking up early and I didn’t complain about being tired. Instead, I told myself “Okay, it’s time to start the day. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice!”
Letting go of the past is so important. It doesn’t mean you forget everything that ever happened. It means you stop dreaming of what was and wishing and thinking “Ohh how good was it back then?” If you do this, you will constantly stay in the cycle of dreaming and wishing of what was because the grass is always greener. In turn you will totally miss living in the here and now.
In Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) Paul tells us “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
This reminds me of two things. First, we need a heavenly perspective. It’s not about us, it’s about God. Complaining about waking up at 6 AM seems trivial when I think of all Jesus has done for me and how he gave his life to save me. Second, I need to focus on what lies ahead instead of always dreaming of the past. God has so much in store for me and I don’t want to miss any of His blessings.
What do you need to let go of today?
Are you living in the present or dreaming of what was?