We are in the midst of November, the month of giving thanks and the month of
celebrating Renunciation. Renunciation is our Power of release that enables us to give up and let go of all that we no longer need. A couple of years ago, I gave a sermon titled “I Am Enthusiastically Brand New!” Recently, as I prepared to write this article for the November issue of “Digging Deep” I thought, “that is what we do with our Power of Renunciation.” We renew ourselves. We leave one place to go to a new space. How does Renunciation work? It is a spiritual gift that when called forth, it clears out our intellect and emotions. In our human walk, unfortunately, many of our thoughts come as a reaction to our sensory experience instead of from our indwelling God. When we hear a person talking about us in a “not so nice” way, we become angry. We may even begin to seek revenge. Perhaps in another situation, we may become romantically involved with someone because of the temporary emotional feelings we experience when we are with that person. Yet the relationship may prove not to be for our highest good, for instance it may develop into an abusive relationship. Or what about our professional goals that seem to evade us?
So we become disappointed in ourselves, give up trying, and begin to free fall.
In all of these scenarios our power of Renunciation is needed. In calling up God to activate our Renunciation, we must turn within (biblically, it is spoken of as “going into your closet.”) Going within allows us to take our power back (change our focus) from external things and situations. Once Renunciation is lit up, we begin to give up hate and the desire for revenge for unconditional love. We remind ourselves that being one with God makes us “all that and a bag of chips!” Remembering who we are, we begin (and ultimately are successful at) releasing any relationship that does not have real Love at its core. Finally, Renunciation will allow us to release negative feelings about our so-called mistakes or shortcomings. We are reminded that we have forgotten that we are ENOUGH! We give thanks that Renunciation creates the void that allows us to make changes and to become “Enthusiastically Brand New” over and over again.
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Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Triche Atkins
Founder, ShoVal & More, NFP