I am a blogger, and I blog about fashion. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I pack a lot of clothes when I travel. If I am going on a trip that is three or four days long, I might have two large suitcases, a carryon bag, and a super big handbag packed to maximum capacity. I mean, a gurl has got to be prepared, right?
When I flew to Las Vegas for a convention in 2016, I went up to the airline counter to check in my luggage. I had carefully packed all of my suitcases so that everything was nice and neat. But, when they weighed the bags, one was way overweight. It was going to be a hefty penalty for the overweight bag, so I decided to try and redistribute the load instead. How many of you have seen people in the airport with their suitcases open and all of their belongings on display for everyone to see? That would be me more times than I care to admit.
When I start dragging things out of my suitcases, it becomes apparent that I might have packed more shoes than I need. I only have two feet, so I’m not sure why I packed ten pairs of shoes. And, don’t even get me started on how much makeup and skincare that I packed for four days. Lol! At least now I have travel-sized versions that I pack instead of the full-sized items.
Since I have been painting the inside of my house, I have been cleaning and purging each room. I almost feel like I am back inside the airport with my suitcases wide open again. Each room has too much stuff that I don’t need or want. I have found things that I didn’t even know that I had, and I am sure that I don’t need.
As each room has been cleared of the extra clutter, there has been a change in attitude. Joe mentioned the other day that his mindset is changing, and he feels like it is because we have gotten rid of all the things that were cluttering up his space.
I told him that his mindset is changing because we were starting to discard the extra weight. Things have a way of weighing you down and costing you in the long run. For my suitcases, the excess weight cost me in penalties. In our home, the extra “things” were costing us our sanity without us even being aware of the situation.
How many of you can relate to this? What is weighing you down? It is possible that “things” isn’t your issue, and instead, it might be negative thoughts. Comparison is another weight that can cost you your sanity and cause you even to add more clutter to your life. Keeping up with the Joneses can put you in debt and even cause marital issues.
Each of us has extra weight that we are carrying around with us, and I am not talking about extra pounds. I am talking about emotional and spiritual baggage, and it can be different for everyone.
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
The Bible tells us to throw off everything. That means that we need to throw off any extra baggage that we are carrying with us from the past and keep our focus on moving forward. We are to run the race marked out for us, and who do you know that runs in a race while carrying large amounts of weights?
28 “”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Lay down your burdens, throw it off, and give it all to the Lord. I’m not sure how long my race will be here on this earth, but I hope it is a marathon instead of a sprint. And, I need to cast off all of the extra weight if I want to reach the finish line.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!