People often say, just get over it! Well, actually today is National Get Over It Day, a day that encourages us to move on from those things that bother us, cloud our thinking and keep us stuck in the past. What do you need to get over? Have you ever wondered how to overcome the situation? Have you ever thought about how to get rid of thoughts that bring you down?
Philippians 3:13 says “dear brothers and sisters,…focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Getting over hurts, hang ups or general nuisances in our lives often involve making a conscious decision to let go of things that happened to us in the past and moving on. Whatever it is, it's over! Don’t give it the power to hurt or torment you. It doesn't mean that what happened didn’t hurt or bother you, it means you are deciding to let go of the feelings of hurt, sadness, anger, revenge or resentment that you felt as a result of the incident or situation.
Letting go of past slights and hurts will help to improve your own mental health and well being. It helps you to release negative energy and emotions to make room for new positive ones. For example, if not getting that dream job with higher pay is still getting you down, choose not to focus on blaming the company or hiring manager for not giving you the job. Instead focus your energy on honestly evaluating what you can do in the future to nail that next interview. Tell yourself that you would have hated the job and that a much better job will come along soon that will pay even more and better match your skills. Tell yourself whatever you need to move forward.
Forgiveness is another key component of getting over issues and hurts we feel in our relationships. Ephesians 4:32 “say we should be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.” Whoever hurt or slighted you may not have meant to offend you or even know that their actions caused you any pain or hurt feelings. Think about the situation differently today by following the advice of an unknown writer who said, the first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest and the first to forget is the happiest.
Luke 6:27 tells us to “love our enemies, do good to those that hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who abuse you.” Choose today to be the bigger person. Identify someone who hurt you. Make the decision to get over it, forgive them, put the past behind you and secretly do something nice for them. Change your thinking and actions and your heart and emotions will follow. Even if it seems counterintuitive and doesn’t feel good to your emotions now, you know you’re doing the right thing for yourself and the relationship in the long run. Go ahead and try it! You won’t be sorry.
Submitted and written by GSS Agents #103 and #0312