All right … so I don’t really love my lips. As a matter-of-fact, I get rather annoyed with the mouth the two lips are attached to; after all, there are those times I’ll find my foot lodged snuggly between them. I do, however like the music video below with Larry the Cucumber. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must-watch for young and old alike.
So, if I had to visit a shrink about the many traumatic experiences my lips have put me through, I’m sure it would be, to a large extent, like the video above. That being said, I can hereby declare that I am fortunate in two areas of life; first, I’m not so obsessed with my lips (or any part of my body, for that matter), that I would need counseling, and second, there isn’t a doctor of psychology, dead or alive, that will treat me. I think it’s an unspoken ‘counselor/patient success rate’ rule. So what’s your issue? What is it in your life that your fond of, but keeps you from being your very best? The one thing you have such a difficult time letting go of, yet you know it holds you back? We all have something or even someone in our life that keeps us from the best God intended for us. It’s the area of life we don’t want to give up because we enjoy it so much, and at the same time, it slows us down, beats us into indifference, keeps us from moving forward, standing tall, or getting back up after a great fall. You may have convinced yourself that this thing, habit, or person isn’t all that bad. It’s something you enjoy, you deserve, and it’s fun; yet at the same time, you discern, deep within your heart that it holds you back and keeps you from being the greatest at what you were created to be.
Don’t hold on to something that keeps you from being what you were created to be, just because the habit, action, attitude, or person feels good.
It may not be something as simple as loving your lips to the point that you need to seek out professional help, but it may be something small enough that makes it difficult for even you to detect. For some of us, we can name off the thing that keeps us from being our best immediately. For others, you may need to take a long, hard, and deep look into your life. When you take the time to reflect on your life; to examine who you are, where you’re supposed to be, and what you’ve become, you’ll find it. And when you find it, you’ll see that it keeps you from being the person you were meant to be; the person that makes a difference. So, take some time this month to do what’s right. Begin to purge that which keeps you from your best, even if you like it. Don’t hold on to something that keeps you from being what you were created to be, just because the habit, action, attitude, or person feels good. When you become your best, it’s not just good for you; it’s good for the people whom you will touch around you as a result of doing what’s right. So, if your lips ever left your mouth, packed their bags and headed south; that’d be too bad, you’d feel so sad, you might get mad and call your dad. But if they keep you from standing tall, moving forward, doing what’s right, or getting back up after a fall; if they make you indifferent, slow you down, stunt your growth, or keep you from touching the lives of people around you, then you need to let them go. It’s time to do what’s right. It’s time to be your best.