by Edie Melson @EdieMelson
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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
I don’t know about you, but I have trouble forgiving myself. For some reason I expect a level of perfection from myself that I would never expect from someone else.
Because of this, I also struggle to accept God’s forgiveness.
Somewhere deep inside is the fear that God has finally reached the limit of His patience with me and my constant sin and shortcomings. Just writing this makes me shake my head because it’s so far from the truth. But I’m sad to say it’s something with which I struggle.
The result of this lack of forgiveness is that I carry a lot of baggage that I don’t need to. I’m weighed down with past sins that God has long since forgiven. I also carry the baggage of sins I have not confessed because I’m fearful of returning to God over and over again asking forgiveness for the same thing.
At times, I add the baggage of my own refusal to forgive someone else. I hold on to the way they’ve hurt me and try to make it into some kind of armor against getting hurt again. But choosing to be unforgiving is just more weight to carry.
That kind of burden can weigh a person down.
Baggage is something I need to get rid of. It’s stuff I need to drop it at the feet of Jesus and leave there.
Luggage, on the other hand, is something that equips us for our travels. My luggage consists of the things that God has blessed me with. It also includes the lessons I’ve learned through the struggles and the triumphs of walking with God.
- It’s the Bible verses I’ve memorized.
- The praise songs that run through my mind.
- The stories I’ve heard about God’s faithfulness.
- My own awareness of His goodness to me.
Everyone needs some luggage to be equipped for the journey has God in store for us. The trick is to get rid of the baggage.
About the author: Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, Soul Care When You’re Weary, is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.comand on Facebook and Twitter.
Join the conversation: So today I ask you what I asked myself. Are you carrying baggage or luggage on your personal journey?