I haven’t had a good vacation in a long time but I have been blessed with short mini ones. The chance to go and see new places or just enjoy favorite spots is so much fun for me. Not only the destination but the getting there is just as wonderful.
Perhaps its my wanting to go on a trip that got me thinking.
Lets say I have won a trip to a tropical island, I have never gone but I need to pack because a cab will be here soon to pick me up. I pack everything I can think of. When the cab comes I bring all my baggage with me. The driver look at me like I am crazy bring bag after bag.
I get to the airport to check in ALL of my bags. I hand them over one at a time, the person behind the counter tells me I have to pay a large amount if I intend to bring it all with me. I feel upset thinking of course I want all of it but the cost of it is getting in the way of my free trip. I go through my bags one at a time. I take out items that don’t make sense to bring to an island getaway but I want them, I had them for every other trip why not now? Who knows you might need a big balky sweater? The person is waiting for me to decide if its worth bring all my extra baggage.
Now its easy to see that no you don’t need balky sweaters for a tropical island but we do that in life. I have really been working through how much of my baggage of my past am I willing to pay for so I can take it with me to a new wonderful place of today.
Am I will to leave baggage that is of no use so I can move forward?
Yes I am and what’s so great is I don’t have to go through all of my bags alone. I have someone to help me. I have the one who can see what’s a head and what in my past I need to leave because it has no use for me today but weigh me down. God is always with me to help me go through these bags so I can be free to enjoy my todays.
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus