Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 26, 2017

Lightening Our Load

“They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.” Ezekiel 34:27b (NIV)

Dragging my suitcase through the hotel lobby, I wondered how I could have packed so much for such a short trip.  Did I really need all this stuff?  Perhaps the real reason was my reluctance to leave some things behind.  Regardless it was quite a load, and when I returned home there were more things to hang back up than what landed in the laundry.  One thing I did learn – heavy baggage has a way of slowing us down and wearing us out.  True in traveling and true in life.

How often do we drag around the heaviness of hurt, pain, unhealthy relationships or self-defeating talk? Reluctant to let go of things that need to be left behind, we gladly carry our “cross” rather than walk in the freedom Christ desires.   Why?   We often find comfort in the familiar wounds of our past.  Holding on tightly, we claim unresolved emotional baggage as our own rather than embracing God’s healing.   Unsure who to trust, what to believe or where to turn, we often end up relying on our track record of just stuff it down and pack deep instead of face it, work through it and let it go.

Wouldn’t we love to lighten our load and unpack stuff we don’t really need to carry?  Maybe it’s time we reach out for help and experience the freedom God desires.   Releasing what we’re clinging to, dragging behind us and weighing us down never felt better.  Recognizing the reality of how our “stuff” has hindered our joy, peace and growth positions us for transformation. Working through is hard work but trusting God with our past always serves us well.

“Father, we waste so much time hiding behind and dragging along those things that hinder the grace filled abundant life.  Help us to embrace the healing transformation found when we surrender our lives to You.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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