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"Release It"Stuart JonesA popular Taylor Swift song contains these lyrics:

I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop grooving
It's like I got this music
In my mind, saying it's gonna be alright

Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, shake it off

While Taylor doesn’t have a master’s degree in theology, she does give us some sound practical advice in those words. Sometimes we simply have to let things go.   The apostle Paul puts it this way in Philippians 3:13-14 “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   We are called to own our part in our circumstances and to rethink and learn from the mistakes we’ve made. And then we are called to release it by forgiving not only ourselves for our screw ups but we are to forgive those who have contributed to the failures in our lives.   We are to offer it all up to God. We are to release those feelings of failure, insecurity, anger and bitterness to Him. We are called to shake it off and move forward.