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Lighten Your Spiritual Baggage!

My Expedition fits 8 people…well, it is possible to get 4 adults and 4 children into the car with the 3rd row up. I found this out last week when we had friends visiting from overseas. It was a tight squeeze, but we managed to fit both our families while traveling to NC and TN. I’m glad to say our friendship survived the trip!

At first, it seemed so simple: 8 seats for 8 people. But it was complicated by one obvious issue – luggage. Several rounds of “luggage Tetris” were needed to put bags in small spaces, under feet, and in laps…and that was with packing bare essentials only!

Truth is, most of us need luggage when traveling. That’s obvious. Still, we probably bring more than we need. Lightening our load would make things easier.

But as much of a nuisance as luggage can be, spiritual baggage is an even greater burden. And the worst thing about carrying spiritual baggage is that it is unnecessary! With size 14 shoes, I need a big bag for my stuff, but big spiritual luggage doesn’t help anyone.

Spiritual baggage comes in many forms. We cram past hurts in our backpack; we haul sins in a suitcase; we strap Satan’s lies to the luggage rack, and we schlep our worries and fears everywhere we go. No wonder many people don’t want to begin the journey to recovery!

The Hebrews writer tells us to:

lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Running the race is easier when we unload our baggage.

Isn’t it time you dropped a few bags? Jesus told the weary and heavy laden to come into His rest and unburden themselves (Matthew 11:28-30). What could you unload today at the foot of the cross? Live in the freedom Jesus provides. He carries it all.

And if you want to know how, get in touch; I’d love to help.

A Few Great Travel Tips

Holiday travel can be a hassle. Here in the Charlotte area, travelers tried desperately yesterday to get to the airport, but traffic was backed up for miles. People left their cars and ran a mile or two with luggage, often only to find delayed or cancelled flights!

One way to avoid hours of trouble is to listen to travel tips. I recently read the following tips and was struck by how similar they are to the lessons God gives for getting to heaven. Give these some thought…

1)      Prepare for trouble. This one might be obvious if travelling in a winter storm, but Christians often seem surprised when life is tough. The road of life will be difficult if you live according to His way, but the reward is worth the trouble (John 15:18).

2)      Get to the airport 2 hours in advance. You don’t have to get to church that early, but it is far greater to make your decision to follow God now rather than later. Why not enjoy the peace that God offers to those who know their destination (Matthew 6:33).

3)      Travel is easier without a lot of baggage. While we all bring “baggage” to church, shedding the weight of past mistakes and travelling “lighter” are freedoms offered by the gospel (Matthew 11:28-30).

4)      Call an agent at the first sign of trouble. Amen! People tend to wait until addictions are entrenched, finances are ruined, or family issues are extensive. We would be so much better off if we would seek help at the first signs of trouble (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).

5)      If you miss your flight call the airline ASAP. If you miss your flight, you wouldn’t just give up on getting to Grandma’s! You would say, “I messed up. Please help me get where I need to go!” If you sin (“miss the mark”), ask God for forgiveness and get back on your path to heaven (1 John 1:9).

Just don’t miss the last flight because you never got a ticket. The price was paid in Jesus’ blood. Accept His sacrifice today, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and enjoy the peace God offers His children.