Kids think moms were created for the sole purpose of lugging around large containers filled with all of their stuff. They have an innate confidence that whatever they need or want, Mom’s got it. And they like to add things to the cache as they go.
Do you need one more Lego? Here, I’ve got one. A marshmallow? Check the zipper pocket in my bag. Sure, I have room right here for your science project. Let me just move over the Barbie dolls. And grab these groceries. And your backpack. Yes, you can go play.
We might have an easier go at this if all of those invisible bags weren’t weighing us down.
BAGS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been like a cargo ship most of my life, hauling around burdens from one dock to another. Everywhere I’d go, there they were stealing joy, killing relationships and destroying freedom.
The big burdens are typically more obvious. Once you drop them, it yields a significant impact.
Several years ago, my husband and I were caught under the heft of our finances, which happened to be perched right on top of our shoulders. We stored this particular burden in one of those super-sized expandable suitcases you have to check at the airport. Naturally, we decided that enough was enough and we made some changes. Immediately, we could once again stand up straight and catch our breath.
Big burden released – big blessing realized. Whew!
THE BAG LADY
One of the most difficult things I’ve ever done was put my daughter in daycare. I was devastated – “What kind of mother are you?” echoed in my head.
So in perfect mom style, what did I do? I carefully gathered up all of that guilt and tucked it into one of my hidden bags. And I’ll tell you, guilt is one of the weightiest burdens there is! I stored it in a cute sequined cosmetic case nestled right next to my designer coin purse. That’s where I kept my shame, but that’s another story.
It’s the small yet insidious ones that we deny, minimize, or think we can take on ourselves. They fly under the radar and wheedle into soft places in our spirit. Once there, they set up a stealth operation, emitting a poison that infiltrates our mind, emotions and sometimes even our physical health. They may have a tiny frame but they pack a whooping punch!
ALWAYS LEAVE YOUR BAGS UNATTENDED
Just this week, I dealt with a situation that tried to strap me back into bag-carrying mode (old habits?). Right before I bent down to pick up that monogrammed canvas weekender, I quickly shut that menace down and made a plan to choose different, and here’s what it looked like:
- Reign in the Brain – Thoughts can be wild and crazy risk takers. Any thought that’s not aligned with Christ is waywardly pretentious and needs to be subdued by the Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). The minute we perceive our thoughts controlling us, we MUST refuse the lies.
- Start a Word Herd – Wrangle in all the scriptures you can that remind you of who you are – and Whose you are! Remember that we are the Righteousness of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30)! Wield the Sword of the Spirit with a holy confidence.
- Gain Traction with Action – Pray to your Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Savior and Restorer. Write down all God has done for you and give Him thanks for His faithfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Lay your hurts and your heart out to the Lord, and then stand in the truth that the same power that resurrected Christ is in you.
“You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases…” — Dara Maclean
Bags are cute, stylish and even handy, but they’re not meant for carrying burdens. And neither are we. I say start chucking those things off like they’re Cheetos and juice boxes. We’re in a race, and our Father has made a way for us to run unhindered and free from entanglements. All we have to do is let go and trust Him to work in us as He carries our burdens.
Are you ready to ditch the excess baggage and run your race with endurance?
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