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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)
- TITLE: Learning Luggage
By Brandi Roberts
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A woman takes an immense amount of luggage with her on every venture. Whether it is a month-long vacation, or merely an overnight trip, she has an outfit for every meal, shoes to match every belt, and a suitcase full of make-up that weighs more than all of her family's bags. It seems she has every accessory necessary for all of life's little adventures and mishaps. In the same way, God is always prepared to put us in whatever uniform needed to perform the task He has given, to give us the shoes of preparedness, and to beautify our hearts when we feel less-than-beautiful. Unfortunately, emotional baggage may be easy to pack, but it's something that the airlines can't lose.
Emotional baggage can be acquired at any time in a person's life. They may have gone through heartbreak, divorce, abuse, losing a loved one, or other emotionally traumatizing issues. Every person is made differently and is affected by the same situation in a different way, no one's luggage is quite the same. Every piece bears an ID tag to identify who's bag is who's, where it came from, and where it's leading. But God has a higher plan for us. His Word says that He will bear the load, we don't have to carry the weight of emotional baggage.
Whatever way we choose to learn from luggage, there is only one end to it. As Christians, we do not carry any form of baggage with us when we enter heaven. A famous saying is "You can't take it with you", however that does not just apply to physical belongings. All of our pains of the past must step aside as we step into our eternal life with God. "You can't take it with you" takes on a new meaning; now it represents all the issues that have created hurt in our heart. There is no room for pain in heaven, we have to leave our bags at the door.
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