I hate to admit it, but it’s true – I check out celebrity gossip websites, and I do it on a regular basis. I like to say that I do it as a matter of “research” but the reality is that I find it all interesting.
One thing that always amazes me are the photos of celebrities in the airport. I’m not so interested in the fact that they’re traveling as much as it’s all the baggage they take with them. I’m not sure how they get away with the two checked items or less thing, but they do. And, not only do they have a lot of baggage, it’s the expensive kind.
So Much To Carry
I see their baggage, then I think of mine. I have a completely mismatched set. Black suitcases mixed with red ones. The only thing they have in common is that they all have grey duct tape holding certain parts of them together.
With a few, the wheels aren’t working correctly and with one another, the handle has completely fallen off. The one time I bought a new piece of luggage was when we went to Ethiopia to get Yohannes, and when I picked it up (it got lost so I didn’t get it until the day before we left), it had a huge rip in it.
Don’t we all have it? Spiritual and emotional baggage, I mean. Stuff that’s happened to us in our lives and we’ve held on to it – no matter how old it is. We drag that beaten up, stained baggage everywhere we go. Maybe some of us just have a few carry ons but I’d dare say that most of us have a full set. And really, when it comes to spiritual baggage, I don’t think any of its pretty – it may be new, but it ain’t pretty!
I was born in the seventies and I’m sure I had bad stuff happen to me at a young age, so some of my baggage is that hard cased stuff that came in colors like green, turquoise and orange and you had to lug them around by that thick handle.
Then, I was a teenager in the 80’s – so I’m sure I have tons of baggage from then. Maybe like the ones the gorilla used to throw around in the commercials. Of course now a days they have the luggage with the handles that pop up and wheels. All you have to do is pull it along behind you.
Sadly, spiritual baggage isn’t like that – you have to tug it, and lug it, and pull it, and drag it. Not to mention, it’s heavy! It weighs us down and makes life much more difficult.
It’s Too Heavy To Keep Carrying
Don’t you wish you had a spiritual baggage handler? One that can haul that stuff around for you?
Wait, you do? Oh, you mean, we all do? Wow, you’re right. Jesus is more than willing to carry our burdensome baggage. All we need to do is let him. In reality, he’d prefer that we take it all and dump it on him. That’s what he died for.
Do your very own baggage check. Do you really need to be holding on to that old tattered stuff? Does it do anything to benefit your life? Of course not, so hand it over. Release it. Ship it off to that “lost baggage” warehouse in the sky.
I’d be willing to bet that you’ll feel much better for having done it.
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