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Get Rid of Extra Baggage

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I’m a light traveler. I’m a carry-on kind of guy.

Packing light is an art. If you search online, you’ll find lots of suggestions and instructional videos about the topic. I know! When packing a suitcase do you roll or fold your clothes? Are packing cubes the key to smart travel, or are they unnecessary? How many of what items should you pack? What should you leave behind? These are important questions to the person obsessed with traveling light!

Whether you’re a “pack everything possible” person, or like me, prefer the “carry-on” approach, when it comes to life, the Bible is clear about the best approach to travel—light is better!

The writer of Hebrews lays this case out for us in Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

While this verse changes the metaphor from travel to racing, the principle is the same. Light is better! Getting rid of the excess baggage is the way to go! We can’t run or travel well when we are loaded down with guilt, shame, and condemnation from the past. We don’t run or travel well with loads of resentment, grudges, and offenses toward others. We won’t run or travel well with the extra baggage of wrong priorities and distracted focus.

When it comes to your spiritual life, decide to be a light traveler. Get rid of the extra baggage. You’ll go farther, faster without it!

Pastor Dale