happy 2018!!!! Is it just me or is it the older you get the faster time goes?? I cannot believe we’ve already shot through another year.
I’ve been thinking for a few weeks now on what I wanted my first blog of the new year to be. So much ~pressure~. Like I do before every blog I shot up a lil power prayer to Jesus to fill my heart with a message. SO without further ado, here is my FIRST blog of 2018!!!
I have gone through this life with my fair share of small tragedies. We all have. The older I get the more I’ve come to realize that everyone’s world crashes many time, some more than others, but we rebuild.
During this rebuild extreme home makeover life edition; we take bits and pieces of these disasters with us as we move forward. In a world that moves fast, we aren’t always given this nice and cushioned extended period of time to gather our lives together and plan the next steps.
We get up, and we get up fast. – It’s hard to be down for long in a world that’s constantly moving.
We move from place to place with our bags, our bags that we packed fast and shoved as much as we could into them. Some barely zipped close but we did it.
You see, I have moved about 5 times in the past few years and I have a lot of STUFF. Too much stuff, but these are not the bags and boxes I’m referring to.
The bags and boxes that often take up the most space in my home, my life, my heart are the ones I shove in the corner. They don’t take up physical space but it would almost be easier if they did.
You might be able to recognize these bags. My bags were shoved full of heartbreak, regret, and anxiety. These bags were hard lessons, bruises, memories I wish I could forget.
We pack up our regret and our unforgiveness (usually for ourselves). We get so used to toting them around with us everywhere we go. I did this for years!!!! I moved my bags around from place to place, relationship to relationship, experience to experience.
*Get to a new place and lets shove those ugly bags into a coat closet or something ASAP I do NOT have time for these right now*
I forgot to unpack.
Naturally, we are busy and we use this as an excuse. I know I sure did. I was so busy running in circles, avoiding pain, and refusing forgiveness. Too busy to ever deal with all that clutter, that baggage.
There will come a time when the weight becomes unbearable, and you simply cannot carry it anymore. That time came for me. I was tired. I realized I could not grow, I could not move on or move forward without the weight dragging me down. My baggage had become the ball and chain to my growth and my happiness, mentally, physically, and spirtually.
It was too heavy. I was done.
No one can feel it but you, and when you feel it you’ll know. Maybe you feel it now. God tapping on shoulder asking you to give it up and give it to Him. Maybe he’s been tapping you for awhile now.
LISTEN: When God took on our sins he took on all of them. The ugly ones, the sins we try to hide and bury away in the closet. The sins we take blame for, the sins we regret. ALL of them.
He takes these sins and looks into your heart. He says, I see the regret, and see the hurt, I see the ugly parts of your life, and I AM STAYING. Give it to me, I will carry it.
Now that, that is love.
YOUR BAGGAGE IS NOT TOO HEAVY FOR JESUS.
“Listen to me… you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs. I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” – Isaiah 46:3-4
You are allowed to leave it. It’s too heavy, you don’t have to carry it anymore.
Whatever it is. If it’s dark and scary, the monster under your bed that lingers night after night. It doesn’t matter how old it is, if it has a little dust. It’s time to unpack.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28
Give God the opportunity to give you rest, real rest. Live freely and lightly this year. Let this year be different. Unpack.