Max Lucado speaks about life’s baggage in his book, Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens We Were Never Intended to Bear: The Promise of Psalm 23:
“The suitcase of guilt. A sack of discontent. You drape a duffel bag of weariness on one shoulder and a hanging bag of grief on the other. Add on a backpack of doubt, an overnight bag of loneliness, and a trunk of fear. Pretty soon you’re pulling more stuff than a skycap. No wonder you’re so tired at the end of the day.”
Traveling quite a bit throughout my life has taught me a lot about what I need and don’t need through packing my bags. What do I really need to bring with me? Can I live without this or that? I usually find in the piles of perfect packing that I only use a small amount of what I take with me! I ALWAYS regret the consequences of heavy baggage: higher fees, sore shoulders and back from lugging and lifting, more clothes to hang up and not enough hangers, more “things” to unpack and repack resulting in time wasted and the frustration from not knowing what is enough.
Is life like that? Do we carry around heavy unneeded baggage with us where ever we go? We will feel this just like we feel the soreness in our shoulders.
Like Max Lucado says….discontent, weariness, grief, doubt, loneliness and fear are the consequences of having heavy laden baggage. Lightening up would really bring a lot of freedom, wouldn’t it? What is the baggage that weights you down? How do these “bags” affect your productivity and creativity, as well as your daily life?
In traveling, I realize I may need a skycap who can carry this weight OR I can get rid of some things and pack lighter next time. Just what are these burdens that I keep with me? What makes me hold on so tightly? How do I get rid of things that are burdening me? How can I travel light?
When you do, take the time to reflect on these questions:
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