When we travel, we often use baggage tags. I love many of the bag tags at Zazzle*:
- “Have Bag Will Travel.”
- “Are We There Yet?”
- “Clearly Not Yours!”
- “No! No! No! Yours Is the Other Black Bag.”
“They All Look the Same, Don’t They?”
- “Can You Spot Me Now?”
- “Get Your Hands Off My Bag!”
- “Writer (All of the Valuable Stuff Is in My Head).”
- “Going Somewhere?” (Has an angry cat sitting in a suitcase.)
- “Oh? Were You Gone? I Didn’t Notice.” (Another with a cat … an indifferent cat.)
- “Keep Calm. We’ve Run Out of Chicken, Not Fuel.”
I saw a fun tag at the airport once: “Zombie in my other suitcase.” LOL.
Aren’t airports fun?
With the summer traveling season upon us, I’ve taken time to reflect about “baggage.”
Another word for baggage is “luggage,” because we have to lug it around! (And about the only thing good about that is, it’s a good workout!)
Some time ago, I observed people at an airport. Some carried simple bags and moved about the airport with ease. Others struggled, burdened down by too many suitcases, bags and backpacks they had to carry.
One woman was so stressed—trying to get all her “stuff” to the gate—she became physically ill.
As I drove home, I had the thought, “I don’t ever want to struggle with baggage like that.”
And then a second thought, “I don’t ever want to struggle through LIFE with too much baggage either. I want to travel light!”
The truth is, we all tend to carry some kind of bulky, uncomfortable “baggage.”
- Difficult memories.
- Emotional traumas.
- Crippling effects of lies we’ve believed.
- Guilt over wrong choices.
- Consequences of sinful habits.
- Negative experiences that still bring us pain.
- Fears that wrap around our hearts, paralyzing our progress.
But we don’t have to be weighed down by these things.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely” so we can “run with endurance” the race of life God has chosen for us.
One of my goals for finishing life well is to “Embrace Freedom.” (The other two are “Take Courage” and “Build Strength.”)
For the Christ-follower, embracing freedom isn’t about license to sin, pushing against God-honoring boundaries or throwing off all restraint.
It’s about enjoying the freedom we have in Christ.
Believe it: Jesus has set us free!
- We are free from the guilt of sin (Acts 10:43; Romans 6:6-7; 1 Corinthians 10:13b).
- We are free from fear (Psalm 56:4; Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7).
- We are free from enslavement to lies (John 8:32).
- We are free to love, serve and encourage others, and live in ways that honor the Lord (1 Peter 2:16-17).
Our freedom was purchased by the One who loved us and died for us—a priceless gift.
We need to stand firm in our freedom in Christ and not yield to the burdensome bondage of our old baggage! (Galatians 5:1)
Take a moment to examine your “baggage.”
- What weighs you down?
- What habit hinders or restricts your freedom?
- What “stuff” clutters your life?
- What prevents you from moving forward into freedom, fullness and fruitfulness?
Remember: In Christ, there is forgiveness for your past … freedom in your present … and the gift of faith for your future!
Will you hand over your heavy baggage to the Lord and exchange it for His light freedom?
* Zazzle Baggage Tags – note, I do not personally endorse all of the tags.
Graphic of bag tag courtesy of tongon3330 at Pixabay.com.