Like many others, I’m doing a lot of traveling this holiday season. At the check-in kiosk, I notice another traveler trying to pare down the contents of her luggage to avoid fees for an extra carry on and overweight luggage. One pile was for the garbage. I noticed a couple of books and an old sweater. My first thought was it’s a shame there are not donation bins at airport check-in counters. My next thought was about the journey of life and the extra baggage that we carry.
What extra baggage am I carrying?
A trunk of unforgiveness?
A weekender of regrets and discontent?
A backpack stuffed with judgment and perfectionism?
There may not be a monetary fee for carrying this extra baggage, but there is most definitely a cost to doing so. A cost to our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical well-being as well as to our relationships with others. I’m praying that God shows me the extra baggage that I carry and helps me to put it down. May we all travel light this Advent season.