All That Baggage

Ocassionally, I like to share posts written by other people. I hope this will speak to you as it did to me and bring you peace.

Psalm 55:22 (NLT®)
Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.

Airport security is intense in Israel, far different than in the United States. “Who packed your bags?” they ask. “Have your bags been with you since you packed them? Has anyone else had access to your luggage? Has anyone given you something to take to someone at home?” If you begin to become anxious under the scrutiny, they’ll say, “I’m not asking these things to embarrass you. I just want to help you because sometimes a person will ask you to carry something that will not be for your good.” As a fellow traveler through life, I’d like to ask if you might be carrying something that is not for your good. Are you carrying anything that might be limiting, debilitating, or even explosive? Are you carrying a heavy load of anger or resentment? Envy or disappointment? Worry or fear? I urge you to check your luggage and remove everything that will weigh you down and limit your potential in the coming season. Give all of that unhelpful baggage to the Lord and allow Him to carry your burdens.

Jesus gives us an amazing invitation: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. … 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 11:29-30, NIV®). How can we refuse?

Heavenly Father, help me identify anything I am carrying that is destructive and is limiting Your purposes in my life. Then, help me to permanently offload what You reveal and, in replacement, fill me with Your goodness. In Jesus’ name, amen.Blessings,
Pastor Allen Jackson

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