trACker number373 Time to Unpack Your Luggage and Travel Light
by Dudley Anderson
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05 September 2011
Dear God Tracker
Time to Unpack Your Luggage and Travel Light
It was raining when we packed up on the last day of a family camping trip to the Welsh mountains. I was cold and not a little irritable as I helped bundle three dripping wet tents into their bags. But what bothered me more than this was the myriad smaller items that needed to be packed: 5 blow-up mattresses, bedding and sleeping bags, camping tables and chairs, gas burners, plates, cups, cutlery, left-over bottles of cool drink, bags of food, fruit, shoes, clothes suitcases… Somehow, we managed to pack it all in the two cars on the way to the mountains but now, in the rain, it seemed I was packing the mountains into the two cars.
“I wish we’d not packed the kitchen sink,” I moaned. “Next time - if there is a next time – we’ll travel light!”
Isn’t it funny how we lug too many things with us when we travel? Perhaps you’re better at packing than I am but I seem to always pack more for a trip than I actually need. Life’s a bit like that. We all tend to collect so much baggage over the years, which simply weighs us down in our quest to track God’s purposes. For instance, every confrontation we encounter results in an offence, aggression or hurt that we simply stuff deeper down into our life’s holdall. Eventually the bag becomes so heavy and overloaded that we need to haul another down from the loft to accommodate our disappointments, anxieties and insecurities.
I think Jesus had this principle in mind when he sent the twelve out on a missionary trip in Matthew 10. In verses 9 and 10 we read he says, “Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff.” Obviously Jesus was speaking from a practical point of view but I think the principle he was making is that God would provide all that his disciples needed for the journey. The same principle applies for the journey of your life. There is no need for you or me to pack all those sad emotions into the suitcases of our lives and lug hurtful memories around with us anymore. We simply do not need them for the journey! Dear God Tracker, it’s time to unpack your luggage and travel light!
If you find your life’s suitcase is overloaded and bogging you down. Take Christ’s advice when he said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” (Matt 11:28 & 30). Why not take a moment right now to pop open your suitcase and unload everything that you have horded over the years, onto his caring shoulders.
God-tracking is travelling light.
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Verse of the Week
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
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A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes.
“Nothing can separate you from God's love, absolutely nothing. God is enough for time, God is enough for eternity. God is enough!” --- Hannah Smith
Don’t Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
Because You Care For Me
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
“Heavenly God and Father, I admit that I have been travelling this road of life with too much baggage. Lord, I have stuffed worries, disappointments, fears, offences and deep-seated cares into the holdall of my life. Please forgive me for harbouring these things and anything else that has grieved your spirit and tripped me up along the way. I want to take a moment now to do some care casting and cast all my cares and anxieties upon you. Jesus, I come to you because I am heavy laden and I take your yoke, which is easy to bear. Thank you that you care enough to give me relief and peace. As I empty my life of these anxieties I wish to replace them with faith, hope and love, because you care for me. Amen.”
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