There’s a luggage limit to every passenger on a flight. The same rules apply to your life. You must eliminate some baggage before you can fly. – Rosalind Johnson
It snowed last night. A lot. And driving to work today, I noticed the car ahead of me had cut a few corners. Yes, the windows were all cleared, but stacked at least 15 inches high on the roof of the car was a pile of freshly fallen snow. The precarious load looked like it would fall off at any minute, but it never did, at least not during the time I was behind it.
Okay, the piled up snow roof looked ridiculous. But as I followed and watched the car weave in and out of traffic, mindless of the extra load it carried, I started to wonder how the extra baggage was effecting the driver’s journey. Was he getting worse gas mileage than he would have if he had just taken the extra time to clear off his roof? Did wayward snow blowing down from the roof hinder his view of the road? What would happen when he stopped and opened his door? Would excess snow that had shifted during transit plop down on him and mess up his suit?
What kind of extra baggage are we carrying around today? Financial concerns or a lingering resentment toward someone we are close to? Insecurity or fear to take a risk we want to?
Jesus has provided the shovel to clear away all our heavy burdens, but how often do we let the shovel sit in the corner and keep the weight on our shoulders. Maybe we have been carrying it so long we don’t even notice how it is holding us back.
Let’s make the effort to accept Jesus’s gift today. Our sins and burdens are forgiven, gone and forgotten. We can shovel them off of our shoulders and out of our minds, too. We are victorious in Jesus Christ – the old has been made new!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5: 7)
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. (Hebrews 12: 1)
Susan Lee is the author of God’s Law of Attraction: The Believer’s Guide to Success and Fulfillment, available now on Kindle