“We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” 1 Chron 29:15 NLT
We forget this sometimes. We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff as we go along. Stuff we’re convinced we desperately need. Can’t live without.
Some of this stuff — we think it makes our lives easier, more manageable. Or brings us comfort … or that it protects us or keeps us safe. Some of it is stuff we think we have to have, because everybody else has it — or because (for better or worse) we think we deserve it.
We can’t imagine going through life not carrying this baggage. It’s what people do.
But it just weighs us down.
Keeps our arms full — not free. Obscures our vision, so we can’t see. Distracts us from more important things. Occupies all our free time — sorting, organizing, maintaining, controlling, hiding…
Yeah, I’m thinking a little of the physical baggage… the material possessions that contribute to so many of our “first-world problems.” The simpler our lifestyle, the less stress, the less obligation…
But I’m mostly thinking about the emotional baggage — the spiritual baggage.
Guilt, shame, and regret. Unhealthy attitudes, bad habits. Misplaced priorities. Impossible standards and unrealistic expectations — for ourselves and others. Unresolved hurt, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Prejudice, self-righteousness, complacency. Fear, worry, and negativity.
“Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul.” 1 Pet 2:11 AMP
We just do not have the strength, the energy, the room in our suitcases for all this JUNK! Especially in times like these. Especially as the days grow evil. (Eph 5:16)
We need to be able to travel light. Free.
So what should we take with us?
With material possessions, I think it’s whatever we need to accomplish what God