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Day 9: Sever Unhealthy Connections – One of the most powerful things I’ve done to begin untying myself from shame, is to sever unhealthy connections to the past. I deleted toxic “friends” from Facebook. I gathered shame tokens I had been holding onto—photos and mementos from past relationships, souvenirs, old journals—and threw them out with the recycling. For years, I had held onto these tokens thinking they had value, that they told the story of me. In truth, they only chained my soul to shameful memories. I said a physical goodbye to the shame from my past in order to birth new life in my present. I thought about burning these keepsakes in a big bonfire, but I wasn’t sure how environmentally friendly that would be. Plus, I like to imagine that my painful past has been recycled into something cool like will.i.am’s headphones or Banksy’s spray-paint cans.
If there are any unhealthy relationships or reminders of those relationships in your life, destroy them. If you’ve been in a toxic relationship, but you’re hanging on because you are afraid to disappoint that person or because you feel too emotionally attached, let that person go. If you are controlled by anything—if anything in your past or present is inviting shame in—ask God to help you begin evicting it. It won’t be easy, I know, and you won’t be able to do it alone, but shame stronghold’s in your life isn’t worth it.
When you refuse to let shame take up any space in your life, it is forced to pack up and move out.
Consider: Think about the unhealthy relationships in your past or present. What emotional or physical tokens are keeping you connected to that person? If you were able to release those, what difference would it make in your life?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, you are all-powerful and I need you to empower me with your strength to fight back against shame. Amen.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)