What Are You Carrying?
We all do it. As we travel along the train track of life, we pick up cars along the way. For some these cars are filled with valuable lessons and wisdom, speeding up the train and adding enjoyment to the ride. Others pick up cars of baggage and drag them, straining.
Maybe you have been told you aren't good enough. Perhaps someone made fun of your dreams. Surely you have tasted failure - or even abandonment. We all get laughed at sometimes, as ridiculous as that is. That is why many people just retreat to their inner selves, not wanting others to see what's inside their hearts: their longings, their goals, their passions.
Are you carrying all this junk with you like a load? Do your collective experiences tell you to shut your mouth and stay small? What do you believe about them?
Galations 5:1 says that for freedom Jesus has set us free. Breathe that into your lungs and hold it for a moment. For freedom.
According to BNSF, the average train engine gets 432 miles per gallon. These massive machines drag a tremendous amount of weight with great gas mileage. But it takes thousands of horsepower and just the right grade.
You and I were not designed to drag baggage with us. Baggage sits in the back seat and puts gum in your hair and sticks French fries in between your seats. It distracts you from the road in front of you - the road which God has laid out.
Let's not be unrealistic here - we all carry stuff. Our insecurities and failures and what not are not something we can forget completely. But we can - we absolutely can - lay them at the foot of Jesus. The freedom found in Christ is holistic, robust. He permeates our souls deeply and kills remnants of bondage. So lets not submit again to a yoke of slavery.