Sometimes we avoid situations or people, and we might not even be aware that we’re doing it. I recall a time when I became aware that I had been avoiding such a scenario. I was concerned that if I allowed myself to get pulled into that situation again the past would come into play, and I would be judged according to my past behavior and circumstances. After careful consideration which involved talking about it with friends, prayer, and meditation, I decided it was time to face the past and make peace with it. Through prayer, meditation, and discussion, I faced my fears and discovered they were unfounded. Only then was I able to close the door and move on.
There are doors in our past that have remained ajar, and old wounds and hurts slip through from time to time to affect our peace. We may have left some unfinished business behind, and we may feel that we won’t be able to get closure. Not every situation has to be confronted, but for those that do, we overcome our fears by doing the thing that must be done. That doesn’t mean we won’t experience a measure of fear — great or small. It means we carefully bore through the blockage in spite of our trepidation. Once we have made it safely through to the other side, we can close the door for good, if we still want to.
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