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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: Care to check your luggage?
By Christian Coutts
08/20/05


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There was a man who once carried around many bags of luggage. They came in many shapes and many forms. He did not obtain these bags all at one time. The collection had built up over a long time.

His first bag came to him whe he was in his early teens. He had a group of friends with which he always hung around. They did everything together, which included many nights of mischief. Now this young man had a feeling that all the fun times might not be that fun for the recipient. Many times a little voice would tell him what they were about to do was wrong, but that small, tiny voice was smothered with encouraging words of his friends. This first bag came in the form of peer pressure.

As the years went on, this young boy grew to a young man. With each year of his life he acquired more bags. There was the bag of premarital sex, the bags of drugs and alcohol, the bag of pornography, and many, many more bags. Being the young man that he was these bags were a burden, but nothing that a strapping young lad like himself could handle on his own. He did not want or need help. As he carried the burden himself, he gained more and more bags.

The bags become such a burden that he realized they were too heavy for him alone. He searched high and he searched low, he searched left, and he searched right. His friends were no longer available. They could not help him with his bags for they had collected their own. The crutches of this world could not hold up the burden and became burdens themselves.

Finally the weight of his luggage brought him to the one place he needed to be...his knees. As he fell beneath the weight of the luggage collected over the years, he cried out for help. He found someone that could not only handle the weight of his luggage, but that He already had. The Helper had already paid the price in full for all the luggage this man carried. When the man accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he was freed from the burden of his luggage. Care to check your luggage?


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Shari Armstrong 08/29/05
A nice devotional and I like the idea of cheking your luggage with Jesus. Kind of reminded me of the prodigal son a bit also :)