What Is The Cost Of Extra Baggage?

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 three or four-day trip, I might have two large suitcases, a carry-on bag, and a super big handbag packed to maximum capacity. I mean, a gurl has got to be prepared, right?

I remember flying to Las Vegas a few months after I started blogging. I went up to the airline counter to check in my luggage. My suitcases had been carefully packed, so everything was nice and neat. But, when they put the bags on the scale, one was way overweight. It was going to be a hefty penalty for the overweight bag, so I decided to try to 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 started dragging things out of my suitcases, I realized I might have packed more shoes than I needed. 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 I packed for four days. Lol!

A few years ago, Joe and I decided to paint the inside of our entire house. I started cleaning and purging each room so that it would be easier for the painters to move freely around the room. I felt like I was back inside the airport with my suitcases wide open again. Each room had too much stuff that I didn’t need or want. I found things I didn’t even know I had and didn’t need.

As each room was cleared of the extra clutter, a change in attitude happened. Joe mentioned how his mindset changed, and we both felt like it was because we had gotten rid of all the things that were cluttering our space and our minds.

I told him his mindset changed because we discarded the extra weight. Things can weigh you down and cost 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” aren’t your issue; 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 carry around, and I am not talking about extra pounds. I am talking about emotional and spiritual baggage, which can be different for everyone.

Hebrews 12:1

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 we need to throw off any extra baggage we carry 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 a large amount of weight?

This is the start of a new year, and we need to make sure we don’t carry the baggage from last year into it.

Isaiah 43:18-19

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Open your suitcase of life and pour everything out on the floor. Leave comparison, leave negativity, leave your worry and stress, and pack a carry-on bag instead.

Matthew 11:28

28 “”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Lay down your burdens, throw them 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. I know that I’ll be able to reach the finish line more easily, carrying a carry-on instead of dragging all my excess baggage.

To GOD Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    This is truth from scripture that I needed to hear. Thank you! God’s blessings to you and your family.

  2. A good word and reminder of this truth: physical and spiritual. May 2024 be much lighter!

  3. What a wonderful post. Thanks, Tania, for reminding me that clutter comes in many forms. I’m working on some specific areas of my house this new year, but I also want to de-clutter my attitudes, thought habits, and the unproductive ways I spend my time. I would not have thought of those things without your post!

    1. Ruth, I’m working on being a better me, and I thought others might want to work in themselves too.

  4. Wonderful Sunday post, explained in a simple metaphorical way, I’m going to empty my suitcase and start the new year new.

  5. What a wonderful post! I’m embracing the “carry on” mindset- thank you!!!!

  6. Amen!
    A new year has begun!

  7. Tania, I know you are a busy lady, but I do wish you’d consider writing a devotional for women over 50. I absolutely love your blog, but I tell you, your Sunday emails always speak to me in such a down-to-earth, relatable way. I enjoy them so very much. Thank you! ❤️

    1. Thank you! It isn’t a time issue. I don’t feel qualified, and would feel horrible if I said something incorrect.

  8. Thanks once again for sharing great thoughts about our daily walk and our need to trust Jesus to care for us.

  9. Your Sunday posts are my favorites from you and today’s was especially good. I need to purge not only my house, but my mind also. I want to concentrate more on Jesus in 2024.

  10. I laughed so hard because I can relate!! My hubby and I are headed to Palm Desert in 2 weeks and heaven forbid I don’t have the right shoes! Yep 10 pairs sounds just about right, lol!! And how I get so many outfits into my suitcase for every occasion that might happen and still not have the right item is beyond me. You are so right, we truly weigh ourselves down mentally and spiritually with so much stuff!! I do love clearing out and lightening the load.
    Loved your blog!

    1. I have a scale, and I’ve still had to pull things out at the airport. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  11. I loved this post. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  12. Wonderful post! God uses you and your gift of words and it’s such an encouragement to so many! Thank you for always honoring him!❤️

  13. Tania have you picked a word for 2024 yet?

    1. I picked two. Praise and abundance.

  14. Karen Pannill says:

    I loved reading this post. It was such a good way to start the New Year. My husband and I are starting the purging process. Too much stuff and no need for any of it. I feel that although I have let go of a lot of emotional heaviness, I also need to be lighter in other aspects of life.

    1. I feel like we all have something we need to purge.

  15. Stella Gustafson says:

    I am going to use this at my ladies group for church if you don’t mind of course the names will be changed such a great post thank you for sharing

    1. Of course. Feel free to use anything I post.

  16. Laura Garrett says:

    Wonderful devotional, Tania! Thank you for all you do.

  17. Good message. Our pastor’s message today was about surrender and Luke 14. We have to die to ourselves to follow Christ. I’m going to try to do this.

  18. What a wonderful article — and right on time for me (and probably so many others)! I have selected STRONG as my 2024 one-word mantra. That means so many things to me, including releasing so much physical AND EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE. Your message came through to me, loud and clear. Thank you so much for the additional inspiration!

    1. Strong is a wonderful word, and I’m glad this message was meant for you.

  19. Roberta Schwandner says:

    I alway look forward to your daily posts but especially the Sunday one.

  20. Roeli Lutz (Canadian) says:

    GREAT word for All of us. We all need to de-clutter our homes, our minds,
    sometimes even negative people.
    Live life, love life, laugh a lot in life. Be positive.
    Have the joy of the Lord, HE is our strength to carry-on in our daily lives.

    Reminder…when decluttering our homes,
    PLEASE donate, so many people are doing without.
    What is your junk is someone else’s treasures.

    1. Yes!!! It is a blessing to be a blessing.

  21. Anne Scanapico says:

    I started clearing out things gradually over the last year, emotional, but invigorating. My thought was I’m older and I don’t want my husband and children having to deal with all the excess, useless stuff we accumulate.

  22. I’m speechless! This is one of the best post I have heard! I am going to read this over and study it out. I love all the ladies who have commented as well because I realize I’m not the only one and I learn from them too! Thanks to everyone who takes the time to comment and share! I think my biggest issue is worry and like one lady stated “the what ifs” So thankful we can go to God and our Bible to find the answers we need. Thank you Tania

    1. I’m thrilled that everyone is loving this post. We all have “things” we need to let go of so that we can move forward.

  23. Ina Homer says:

    Wow Tania!!
    That was incredible. We all have baggage for sure and I sure loved what you said at the end there about emptying your big overstuffed suitcase and take a carry on bag.
    That was meant for me for sure.. Thank you so much..

  24. “Do not dwell on the past….” Really speaking to me today. Thanks Tanya. Also, I am now over 65 and my husband are trying to “shed” things and look forward to a smaller, down-sized lifestyle in the near future. It is freeing.

  25. Diane Schexnyder says:

    This is an awesome post, Tania. It’s just what I needed to hear today. Have a wonderful week!

  26. Ginger Hiller says:

    What a fabulous reminder and great encouragement for us. Thank you, Tania!

  27. Kathleen Tufaro says:

    Great post!!!! Getting rid of “extra emotional baggage” is a wonderful way to start the new year. Thank you for the reminder!

  28. Tat is so true! my husband and I been going through our house and organizing and donating things. it really does make you feel good!

  29. Kathy Ambrosi says:

    I’m planning a trip to Florida for March. I definitely need to learn to light pack. I always take too much with me.

  30. This is a beautiful message….perfect for starting out the new year. Time to get rid of the excess baggage both emotionally and physically. Thank you…going to clean out a closet now!

  31. Love this morning’s message, Tania! I can definitely relate. My husband and I just recently moved to a new home and are living with too much clutter! However, as you point out, every time I tackle some of it, my load feels lightened!

  32. Jenniffer Groski says:

    Amen!!! Cleaning out our spiritual lives and changing our mindset is so important.

  33. Great post!! You have given us all a lot to think about. I am certainly guilty of carrying guilt and emotions of things I really have no control of. Why does it take us so long to see the light?!

  34. Very relatable message. Thanks.

  35. Well said! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us on this subject. You are a blessing!

  36. Kim Thompson says:

    Love reading this on Sunday morning! We all have things that weigh us down ! I have been purging and donating like a fiend this week! I’ve made 4 trips to Goodwill this week! My hope is I will see some of my donations on the many Thrifting posts I follow and my once loved items will live on repurposed in someone’s home!❤️

    1. That is wonderful! It is a blessing to be able to bless others.

  37. Excellent post. Thank you & have a lovely week.

  38. Laura Crenshaw says:

    I loved this article. I spent a few days over my Christmas break purging as well. Why do I have so much?!?!
    Great reminder about our faith as well. God bless.

  39. I love this! We carry things around that we were never meant to carry. Thanks for the comparison!

  40. This is perfect timing! I’m also in a mental space of clearing out the unnecessary to free up mental, emotional and financial space. Thank you for this perspective!

  41. Beautiful devotional thoughts for today, Tania. Thank you and May God bless you in 2024

  42. Pam Bowling says:

    Love today’s devotion! Great insight-thank you! Happy Sunday!

  43. Dana Smithmier says:

    I love this message!

  44. Thankyou! I needed that message this morning.

  45. I have been right there with you at the airport sitting on the floor with my suitcases open trying to redistribute excess stuff. This year one of my resolutions is to simplify my life. This post was so timely and spot on. Thank you

  46. This is such a great lesson. I purged so much when we moved 5 years ago but it is time to do it again.
    We carry a lot of “extra baggage” and need to let go and move forward.

  47. Tania, thank you for this post. I am definitely overwhelmed with to much “stuff”. Why do I need so many things—probably for a lot of the reasons you mentioned. My goal for the year is to rid myself of excess weight (Just eat right!!), curb my spending on things not needed (how many pairs of black pants does one girl need), be more intentional with my time and money. Thank you for touching my heart this morning. God Bless

  48. Robin McCollough says:

    I love your blog! I am an avid follower but this is the first time I’m leaving a comment. This has really hit home for me, especially on an emotional level! I think we as women hold onto everything, try to analyze and understand, adding the “what if “ to it! Today, I’m going to learn how to “empty my suitcase”!

    Thank you and god bless you,

    1. We all have excess baggage, even things we might not consider baggage. If it weighs us down, then it is baggage.

  49. Love these verses and the message. In today’s world it seems they are not many who don’t have excess baggage. Have a blessed day!

  50. Martine Benzio says:

    Great reminder today! Thank you!

  51. My best friend is battling a reoccurrence of triple negative breast cancer. It has invaded her whole body. I take it to God several times a day, but it is still weighing me down! Thank you for this Sunday morning post as I get ready to go to church!

    1. We are loving creatures, and we never want to see anyone we love in pain. I will put you and your friend in my prayers.

  52. Great post Tania! I always enjoy reading your posts but I especially love Sunday! You do a really nice job bringing His word to the girls and its so easy to apply the way you present it! Have a great day

  53. Laurel Loden says:

    Two suitcases and a carry on for a three or four day trip?! You need to blog about how to travel with just a carry on…so time isn’t wasted waiting for bags at the airport. You know, dark colored, lightweight clothes that can double for dress or casual! Shoes that do the same. I, for one, would appreciate what you would come up with! Thanks!

    1. I did a YouTube post on that once. But, I’ll do a blog post soon.

  54. Phyllis Martin says:

    I can certainly identify with the suitcase illustration! I always take too much! Love the application to our spiritual lives. Simplify, simplify, simplify!!