Have you ever heard someone say, “Be careful of so-and-so, they have baggage”? What they really means is that person has stuff, they have junk, in their life that they will carry into their relationship with you, and most often, that baggage will cause problems.
The truth is, we all have baggage. We all have a past, and that past is filled with successes and failures, both big and small. That past is filled with smiles and also with tears. It is filled with things we are glad to share with others, and it is filled with things we keep hidden from others, or at least “hidden” until someone posts it on social media.
In part, our past makes us who we are today. While we are all influenced by our past, we do not have to let our past dictate the present or the future. Sometimes we allow our past, our baggage, our junk, to be like carrying all of our possessions on our back; it is hard and tiring work and it weighs us down. And sadly, often times, others just watch us struggle and they do nothing.
But thankfully, we have a God who does not sit idly by and watch us struggle. You might right now be thinking, “Oh you don’t know my past. The pain is too great or the hole is just too deep to climb out of.” Jesus came into this world to bring you hope and bring you a future. He loves you and is interested in redeeming and restoring you, no matter how broken you feel; to unload the baggage off your aching back.
David wrote this in Psalm 40:1-2 – I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
So today, run to Jesus and unload your baggage, and He promises to give you rest. We will end with these familiar words – “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
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