HOW TO DISCARD THE EXTRA WEIGHT

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.

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 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?

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 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!

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  1. Suzyq wrote:

    Baggage scales are the answer!!!! Invest in some before your next trip.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I actually own those scales, but I still overpack.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  2. Mary E Siler wrote:

    I needed that for today. Thank you!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that this message spoke to you also, Mary.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  3. Patti wrote:

    I enjoyed that story!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Patti. I am glad that you enjoyed the message.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  4. Claudia Stovall wrote:

    I had this same conversation with my boyfriend last night. I finally realized that it will be much easier to move forward without so many things from the past. Rather than thinking of these possessions as place holders for memories (which is the excuse that i was using for holding onto things) I should think of them as weights keeping me in the past. It is like a weight that has been lifted. And I gained happiness and freedom !

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Beverly wrote:

      At 62, I know I need to start purging. When I’m gone, my kids will probably park a dumpster in the driveway and strat pitching things out windows. Lol

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
      • Tania wrote:

        Beverly, I have gone through and showed my children the few things that I own that they need to keep, and everything else can be trashed, given away, or sold.

        Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is so much lighter when we give it over to the Lord. I’m not sure why we hold on so tightly.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  5. Brenda Ray wrote:

    We just moved to a different house with more outdoor living space ( we have a pool!! Yay!) but less indoor space. I’ve been frustrated and stressed trying to downsize all our belongings. Thanks to you I’m ready to tackle it.
    Thank you Tania😄
    Have a blessed day.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Go do it, Brenda!!! If it isn’t bringing you joy, then it is time to let it go.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  6. Judi wrote:

    As an experienced person who travels, I become very frustrated standing in line at the ticket counter while someone unloads their bag. Flying overseas, it is very strict. As you fly more, you will see you dont need much, even for a month of travel. We always weigh our bags at home before we lock them. A simple bathroom scale will work. I never travel with jewelry and very few shoes. Keeping it simple helps.
    Same with clutter. After you move a few times, you will start giving things away 🙂
    You don’t need much stuff. Good for you!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I do use the bathroom scales to weigh my bags, but either my scales are off, or their scales are off. Lol!

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
      • Judi wrote:

        Step on the scale and weigh yourself. Then get on it holding the bag. It’s the only way to get the true weight of the bag. Cannot be over 50 lbs for most airlines. Although first class/special status allows more weight in the bag.

        Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  7. kristin greene wrote:

    Your way with words really helps me see the Bible verses in a way I better understand it. Thanks for doing these Sunday posts!!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Kristin! That makes me so happy to think that the Lord is using me in some small way.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  8. Lynn Watson wrote:

    I am in a similar situation. Going through all my “stuff” and making decisions about it. Our
    Lives as you said are so much like that. We pick up stuff along the way that we need to review and give to the Lord to sort through. Create in me a clean heart Oh Lord and renew a right spirit within me. May the Lord bless and keep you.
    Lynn

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Giving the past over to the Lord is the best thing for us. Then, we will be able to concentrate on the future without tripping over the past.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  9. Barbara Caster wrote:

    Thank you so much for this post. I needed the Bible scriptures so much, been burdened wi negativity, Sadness, and I need to let some go. Thank you.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Barbara, knowing what to do is the first step. Now, you need to act on the issues! Let It GO!!!

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  10. evegpt wrote:

    I became a minimalist a few years ago and it is so freeing. I started with closets but ended up doing my house, internet and finally my thought processes. You are right. We can have a cluttered mind as well. I’m not finished but I’m sure better than I use to be. I try to think on the good things.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is hard when you first start, but I think that it gets easier the more that you let it all go.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  11. Johanna wrote:

    Good advice. I realize I have been holding on to too much emotional And relationship baggage and trying to drop it off somewhere. The verses help a lot.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, Johanna. You need to let go of the baggage since it is only weighing you down.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  12. Ann wrote:

    I enjoy all your posts and your Sunday posts are always so insightful. I have cleaned out and purged during this pandemic, getting rid of A LOT of STUFF! Like you and Joe, I felt like a weight was lifted that I didn’t even realize was there. I feel like my house is saying Thank you, I can breathe so much better now!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is funny how we don’t even know that we are weighed down until we let it all go.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  13. María Guadalupe Venegas Arredondo wrote:

    Es un mensaje buenísimo x q siempre tiene uno sobre peso en su equipaje y como dice la biblia a cercate al sr, todas tus cargas y hacies hermoso mensaje gracias

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the message.

      Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  14. Chris wrote:

    Always love the way you use a real life situation we can all relate too like paring down belongings and getting more organized and tie it into something spiritual ……so helpful ……thanks for your Sunday posts!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  15. Ann wrote:

    Really needed to hear this. Thank you!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  16. Pam wrote:

    When we were coming back from Ireland, the air person put on my bagggage OVERWEIGHT! I said
    to my friend, obviously…..just look at me! Now, when we 2 couples travel together we try not to be overweight…usually easier for the guys…HOWEVER,
    went to Aruba with 1 suitcase! I finally got it under weight and only 1! My girlfriend had 2 big suitcases which her husband wasn’t happy with!!!!!!!!!At this point in our journey of life…what makes one happy!
    Like the Bible messages!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  17. Elizabeth Tyminski wrote:

    I am such an overpacker. I never know what I will feel like wearing!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
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