I found this article posted by Joel Osteen and was so blessed by it. For some people, who are having difficulty saying goodbye to a person who walked out of your life, a relationship that was so beautiful or a season in your life which you enjoyed so much that it was too hard for you to let go of – this is an encouragement for you. There is a gift in every season of goodbye. It could only mean that something ‘new’ is about to begin. So, be excited! Surely, as C.S. Lewis had said, “There is far greater things ahead, than any we leave behind.” God bless you always! πŸ™‚

All of us, at times, will have people who leave our lives for one reason or  another. Beyond your family and the commitment of marriage, there are some  relationships that are meant for just a season. It may be something you weren’t  expecting. You may not understand it. But if you’ve done your part to walk in  love and forgiveness, if you know in your heart you’ve done your best and the  person walks away, that’s when you have to trust that God knows who needs to be  in your life.

One time, I heard somebody talk about the gift of goodbye. It means when  somebody chooses to leave, you may not realize it right away, but they just did  you a huge favor. Maybe that person was holding you back. Maybe they were  keeping you from spreading your wings. Maybe they weren’t a good influence. When  somebody leaves your life, a business partner, a friend, a neighbor, a coworker;  don’t take it personally. Don’t get upset. Don’t try to talk them into staying.  Let God do a new thing in your life. Your destiny is not tied to the people who  walk away from you. You may think, β€œMan, I need them, Joel. They’re a great  friend; I count on them. He’s a great business partner.” No, God knows who you  need in your life to fulfill your purpose. If He has decided that the season is  over, there’s nothing you can do to hold it together. You might as well just let  it go and get ready for something new that God wants to do.

 Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 10, β€œIf anyone will not receive you or  listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet and move on.” That’s what I’m  encouraging you to do today. Don’t try to force a relationship that has ended.  Shake the dust off your feet and move on. You don’t need the approval of  everyone on this planet; you only need God’s approval. You don’t have to defend  yourself because God is your defender.

Today, instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have.  Focus on the relationships that are in your life. Invest in the people around  you. Look for ways to sow love and encouragement. Thank God that He is opening  doors for you. Thank Him for the right connections in your life. And thank Him  for the gift of goodbye because He is ordering your steps and aligning you to  walk in the place of blessing He has prepared for you!

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