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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)
TITLE: No one Has To End Up Like Jacob Morley!
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This excess baggage reminds me of that famous character, Jacob Morley from Scrooge, with his yards of emotional and spiritual chains. But, just what is unwanted spiritual luggage and how can we get rid of it, maybe for good?
For example, excess spiritual luggage might come in the form of fearfulness of success, fear of failure, or the unnecessary fear of others who don’t want you to succeed and are happy if you fail or make a fool of yourself.
Maybe for some, remembering hurtful events long ago such as a rejection from a loved one, losing someone to a slow death such as cancer, or losing a friend because of a far-away move, might be a heavy load of emotional or spiritual luggage.
What about the kind of spiritual luggage that makes one feel powerless to change—such as overeating, fear of the unknown or fear of rejection? These are special kinds of spiritual baggage that can, over time, cause tremendous physical, mental and spiritual problems—the kind that “hang on” forever and bring serious mental and physical problems to the forefront.
Then there are other kinds of spiritual luggage that keep one in tight, addictive bondage to sin, such as gambling, adultery, backbiting, envy, or coveting what someone else possesses. These are the kinds of spiritual baggage that often are compulsive and obsessive. These spiritual bondages, I think, need professional, psychological help.
It seems that there are many ways one can succumb to carrying spiritual luggage and sadly, many of these ways become parasitic and drain one dry, up until one’s death. I think most would agree that such “luggage” is a waste of life and a burden on the talents that our Creator has given to us; talents He would like us to use and share.
What can be done to pitch such hurtful, spiritual luggage? Actually, it’s quite simple…Grab your Bible, sit down in a favorite spot and read. Then, pray a prayer of forgiveness and guidance. You will be given an answer and you will be set free of anything that is holding you down, holding you back. And then, you will experience how light you feel without that heavy baggage and you’ll be able to see how hopeful the future looks. You will see possibilities you never dreamed of and success, understanding and happiness will be yours!
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