What do you think of when you hear the word strength?
Women will think of a man in top physical condition, or the single mother who raised them with out depending on an absent father. They may even think of a fictional superhero. Men will think of themselves or another man in top physical condition at a gym or on a football field doing their thing. They may think of that same single mother or a time where they had to hold it together in order to be the shoulder for their mother, sister, or significant other to cry on, they may even think of a personal strength attributed to education. All of these things are a great image of what strength is, but I want to look at a strength that we tend to forget about. That is the strength of releasing.
People will tell someone they were strong to hold on to something; like a situation, or individual. Yet they don’t look at it through another lens. Sometimes real strength is letting go of a situation or individual even when it really means something to you. It takes a very strong person to walk away from a situation and an individual they have invested time and love in. It takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and thoughts of what was to what will be. One has to be strong mentally and physically because that kind of pain and heartache can break a lesser individual and have them abandon believes as well as their self love.
It is written in the Bible that we are to be strong and courageous. We have to trust when we are blind and know that our strength is greater than the situation or the individual. To release and let go shows that you are among the strong and your faith will give you peace in the end. Next time instead of telling someone that things will be alright or questioning if that person knows what they are doing. Simply tell them, “You are one of the strongest people I know. You stepped out on faith and released a situation/person that I know you truly loved. Just know that when you open your hands to release you are also opening your hands to receive.”