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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: Traveling Light (iii)
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Traveling Light

I just took down my luggage from the rafters for a much needed vacation. What a mind boggling experience to remember to pack all the things I canít live without. Packing is mentally and physically exhausting. For each outfit, I made sure to pack matching shoes and jewelry. Then there was medication, make up, shampoo, soap, comb and brush. The list went on and on.
Packing for vacation reminds me of our journey through life and the excess baggage we carry with us. Many of us have emotional baggage we have carried for most of our lives. Guilt for the wrongs we have done haunts us year after year. We bear grudges for people or situations that have harmed us. We are held bondage to these emotional burdens yet hold on to them for dear life.
What about our possessions? What are the things we canít live without? If we own a home, we have to furnish, decorate, clean, organize, make repairs, and garden. We have more kitchen gadgets and appliances than weíll ever use, several televisions, telephones, stereos, CD players, DVD players, cell phones and computers. Of course we have to own a couple cars. We fill them with gas, keep up the maintenance, and have them repaired. When any one of our indispensable items breaks, we become distressed.
Packing for vacation this year has been an eye opener. It has helped me look at all the unnecessary belongings that can cause stress. A co-worker recently told me she had over sixty pairs of shoes. How much time would it take to select the right shoes for an outfit? No thanks! I think when I return home from vacation I will make an effort to simplify my life by clearing out the excess stuff that clutters our home. Dusting and cleaning will be much easier.
Now for the emotional baggage, I will remember that Christ has forgiven my wrong doings and knowing that, eliminates the unhealthy guilt. If Christ can forgive me for my wrong doings, I need to forgive those who have caused me pain. That will take care of the weight of bitterness and hard feelings. Well, I guess I have my work cut out for me when I return from vacation.


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Shari Armstrong 08/29/05
A nice lessons (space the paragraphs for easier reading)