Pages have expiration dates

Because I love you, I must tell you to turn the page.

pages

 

Life is about so many things. The relationships we hold, the values we believe, the things we dream as we swing our legs off kitchen counters. Our stories are woven over long summer days and countless conversations we have while drinking overpriced coffee.

Like any good story, our lives need several great elements. The characters, the plots, the emotions that come out with every twist and turn. But there is one element that is the hardest to come to terms with in our lives. Timing.

Timing is everything.

And I gotta tell you friend. Sometimes we just don’t get timing. Sometimes we just can’t seem to turn the page.

The paragraphs may be good, exciting and everything you’ve dreamed. What a shame to move on to the rest of the story when this page is so perfect. Moving on would mean loosing this.

Could be that the page is a total failure. Our worst nightmare. The most unimpressive parts of us put down onto the paper. The words we shouldn’t have said and the actions we know we will regret. Temptation is to keep re-reading it. Trying to figure out how to change it. Desperate to find the edit button and fix the mess. Moving on would mean accepting it for what it is. 

But dare I say it? The page has an expiration date.

I’m not sure what it is, but humans have this odd reasoning that if we don’t let something go, then it stays. It doesn’t stay. It moves on with or without us.

Yet we get stuck. We embed ourselves into this one place too afraid to leave. To frustrated to leave. To happy to leave. But life builds. It always builds.

We’ve got to turn the page or we never see how it ends. Where does the dream take us? What does happily ever after look like? How powerful can our redemption actually be?

No matter how great the present is, it will go sour if we don’t let it grow and morph into what it is already becoming. You and I are constantly outgrowing our lives. New days demand new ideas. New ambitions and strategies. Keeping a growing kid in their old toddler clothes doesn’t stop them from growing. It just makes them uncomfortable and awkward. And it ruins the clothes, turning a sweet memory into torn fabric.

Life doesn’t stop for perfection. We don’t have the option for a million edits. The words said at the wrong time, the choice that threw everything off course. It is what it is. Something may happen in the future to salvage it but you have to get there to find out.

Stop reliving yesterday’s happiness and find the courage to seek out today’s.

Stop reliving your failure. You don’t belong there anymore.

Whatever you are stuck on. The good, the bad and the ugly. It’s expired. There is a new thing waiting for you.

Go on. Turn the page friend. It’s about to expire. And the next chapter is oh-so-good.

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Pages have expiration dates

  1. GREAT STUFF. True perspective. Thanks for putting it down in words for us, Elizabeth!

  2. Jan Johnson

    I have enjoyed your writing through Danny’s sharing on Facebook. I was especially blessed by this piece. God has given you such a gift for expressing your heart. Thank you for sharing that with others.

  3. Natalie

    Thank you. That is all.

  4. helen

    Simply lovely and ever so true. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Reblogged this on Kaleidoscope of notes and commented:
    Really like

  6. Lolly

    Great perspective! Thanks for posting this.

  7. This applies to so many situations in life. Wow. Love the imagery and comparisons in your writing. Thanks for sharing and encouraging.

  8. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. Your writing is lovely and this is powerful post.

  9. Krystle

    Thank u for sharing this!!! The “timing” of this is oh so perfect, with a lot of change we’re about to embark on. It’s so scary, but we’re trying to see it as an adventure on this journey instead of focus on the what were’s, the what if’s, or what could be’s. Instead… “It is what it is,” and it’s gonna be good. Thank you for allowing God to use you & speak through you. Your authenticity & raw truth is so beautiful!

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