The Good in Goodbye

Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places

Sometimes, you take your little siblings to see a movie thinking that the only point is to make them happy… and then you get even more engrossed in the movie than they do.

My mind is a crazy place, y’all

Theological connections in movies that aren’t even intended to be there pop out to me and utterly blow my mind from the edge of the theater seat. Even animated talking cars can bring me to tears and cause me to turn my eyes inward.

I guess my case is blown, Cars 3 got me good last week.

We all come to those confusing stages of growing up when it’s time to leave behind what we have always known and always done. Over the past three years of my life, I have had more than my share of those pivotal moments that comes at the end of one chapter and the start of another. And you know what? Those moments are hard, bittersweet, and filled with longing for what will no longer be… but when handled correctly they can also be some of the sweetest and most meaningful parts of life. They may not be as good as the chapter just ending… they may be even better.

The sweet nugget of truth nestled in the movie is that the real beauty of life doesn’t come until you take what you thought would be the best… and send it on.

If all you’re living for is your fifteen minutes of fame — your state championship, your college acceptance, your senior prom — you’re going to be let down. That sounds harsh, but it’s true. Living for yourself will never satisfy you. It will never be enough. And you’re going to be crushed when you can’t live out what you thought was the dream anymore.

Maybe the best days are still in front of you though, it’s only you who needs to believe it.

I can tell you from the other side of the fence that it’s really true. The more abiding, fulfilling, and lasting side of victory, is watching the victory of those you love. The victory of pouring into someone and helping them succeed. That’s what makes the best days of life.

Sometimes, good really is found in goodbye.

Goodbye to what is comfortable. Goodbye to what we thought we wanted. Goodbye to people and places and circumstances that were only meant for a season.

Jesus told us to not grieve His leaving because He was “going to prepare a place for {us}” (John 14) and that the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, couldn’t be sent to us until He left.

Abraham set out for the land God promised, not knowing where He was going, leaving behind everything and everyone He knew and love, and through Him God built His nation, His people.

In Philippians Paul describes how he lives by saying, “one thing I do. Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead. I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes, there really is good in goodbye. Sometimes we are called to leave behind what we’ve known and loved. Sometime it is best for us to neglect our own glory, our own comfort, and what we think is best. Allow Christ to pour into you and in turn pour out His blessing and love on those around you. I promise it will be worth it.

“A word is just a word until you mean what you say, and love isn’t love until you give it away.”

A life isn’t worth anything when it’s spent storing up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven by giving your life away.

— Taryn


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