“…a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away…” — Ecclesiastes 3:5–6 (NIV)
It was time.
The soles of my favorite shoes were wearing thin.
I loved those silver sandals, but 10 years of constant use had taken its toll. Every time I slipped those sandals on, I knew I would slide them off in pain. With little support due to the slim coverings on the bottom, my feet ached from wearing them.
It was time to let them go.
But I couldn’t.
I was certain I would never find another pair of sandals with such unique style and flair. When I first purchased those sandals I was stepping out of my comfort zone — I had never bought such an intricate pair of sandals like this. In time they became my go-to shoes, the ones I couldn’t travel without, the ones that I was most comfortable wearing.
How could I let them go?
Yet as Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3, “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth…a time to hold on and another to let go.” (The Message)
My season for these beautiful sandals surpassed the time they were intended for I’m sure. I took good care of them, which probably allowed me to have them for so long. But all things have a set time and purpose, and my sandals had definitely outlasted theirs in my life. From completing an outfit to making it easy to grab shoes and go, they served me well.
I painstakingly placed them in the trash. I would have donated them if I could, but they were worn beyond use for anyone else. It was hard to let them go, but it was the right thing to do. My sensitive feet could endure them no longer.
While you may not have trouble letting go of a certain pair of shoes, odds are you have other items in your home that you are endeared to:
— your old, comfy jeans,
— the worn-out stuffed animal that’s missing an eye, or
— the accolades you won when you were in high school that remind you of your glory days
There was a time for those things in your life, but now it may be time to let them go.
They served you once, but no longer.