Whenever I move house I’m amazed by all the stuff that I have collected, rubbish, that I never even needed in the first place. Bin-bags and bin-bags full of the stuff.
But I get the impression that this isn’t though only rubbish we carry through life. We carry unseen baggage as well. The secrets sins we have burred and hidden, the unkind words we have believed, the fears and worries and doubts. Without ever realising it we are dragging our own bin-bags full of baggage through life.
Maybe you are reading this, carrying unnecessary burdens. Burdens that you were never meant to carry.
Maybe you have been carrying them for so long it doesn’t even feel like they are there any more. It feels like they have become part of you.
Maybe it has become so familiar that it is like a strange kind of security blanked. You don’t know how to live without it.
Maybe you believed the lie that because Christian life is hard, it should be miserable, you don’t realise that you can let these things go. That it’s okay to let them go.
You do not need to carry the burden of unforgiveness or guilt.
You do not need to carry the burden of regret or fear
You do not need to carry the burden of other people’s expectations.
You can let these things go. You do not need to hold onto them. They are not part of you, even if it feels like they are.
Like an infection, polluting the body, when you get rid of these things, you can be whole a healthy and complete.
Like a heavy weight pressing on you, making you bend over, these burdens can shape and damage you. When you let go of them, you can stand up straight and walk tall again.
You do not need them. You can be free. You are allowed to be free. You are allowed to be happy. You are allowed to be complete. You can let go.