Mac finished up the Series called “Baggage Claim” at church this past Sunday. The sermon was on “Traveling Light” emotionally and spiritually. (I, of course, like to physically travel light as well). It was a good reminder that we really need to let things go in order to live our lives to the fullest. If we don’t, we are weighted down with all the “junk” we are carrying around.
He gave us four steps to “Traveling Light”:
1. Eliminate all unnecessary weight. (Forgiveness) Forgiving those that have hurt or wounded us. Letting go of the hurt. When we do not forgive others it hurts us more than anyone else.
2. Carry our own bags. (Personal Responsibility) Taking responsibility for our own actions and NOT blaming others. Learn from your mistakes and move forward, but do not get stuck in blaming others for all that has happened in your life. This is YOUR life. Blaming others gets you nowhere emotionally and definitely not spiritually. God knows the truth and He is just waiting for you to take ownership of your own actions.
3. Help someone with their baggage. (Comfort) Use your past and your “baggage” to help someone else in a similar situation. Let go of your baggage so you can help someone else carry theirs. God allows us to go through things so that we can help others in the same situations. Use your past mistakes for good in someone else’s life.
4. Choose your traveling companions very wisely. (Community) Be careful who you do life with. Always be there to help those in need, but be cautious of those that you consider your closest friends. You want those that are closest to you to be on the same page as you are, to have the same values and priorities. You want those people to lift you up and help you to grow, not weight you down.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
God never intended for us to carry our burdens around. He knows we’ll have hard times and sadness, but He is here to help us anytime we need Him. He wants us to go through our feelings, take them to Him and then let go and keep going. Keep pressing on and moving forward. Drop the heavy burdens and carry God’s love and grace with you daily. Allow Him to work in your heart and to work through you in helping others. Let go of the junk (physically, emotionally and spiritually). Do not let anything weigh you down in life so that you have the energy, the time and the space to serve others and further God’s Kingdom. Allow God to use your “baggage” for good and travel light.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30