She comes with a Lot of Baggage

She comes with a lot of baggageA few days ago my daughter came on a road trip with me and I suggested that she packed a bag with some toys and books for the car. She disappeared and came back with the bag in the picture.

We were going to visit a church just over an hours drive away, but looking at her choices you would have thought we were going for a week. My favourite part of what she had packed was her slippers, after all you want to be comfortable both in the car and in church don’t you.

Needless to say, that most of what was in the bag stayed in the bag during our journey and when we returned home, she was so tired that I had the privilege of carrying all the unnecessary baggage back into the house.

I wonder what kind of baggage that we are carrying in life? Our past experiences leave us with feelings and characteristics (emotional baggage) that shape the way that we live today.

The easiest way to think about the baggage that we carry is to think about the words hat best describe you, here are some examples:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Relaxed
  • Stressed
  • Peaceful
  • Angry
  • Loving
  • Indifferent
  • Kind
  • Selfish

What do the words that describe you suggest about the emotional baggage that you are carrying?

If you are constantly angry why is that? What feelings from your past are spoiling your life in the present?

If you are constantly kind why is that? What experiences from your past have made you so kind in your everyday life?

As we identify positive things about ourselves, I hope that we will take the time to thank the people who have helped us to learn to live in that particular way.

As we identify negative things about ourselves, I hope that we will see the value in being free of these areas that are spoiling our lives.

Seeking help is really important in letting go in the things that are holding us back.

  • When we tell someone else about something that we are ashamed of, it brings it out into the open rather than keeping it as a deep dark secret. When we pick someone who we trust and know well to confess to it means that they can give us a fresh and objective perspective which is really helpful.
  • When we have told someone else they can encourage us to keep going when things get tough.
  • When we have told someone else they can give us advice and the benefit of their experience rather than us trying to work the answer out alone.

I believe that the biggest help to letting go of any negative baggage is God. We can ask him for his help and also that he would set us free and guide us into living in that freedom.

How much baggage do we come with?

baggage and unpack

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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