Check Your Baggage

Check your baggage before boarding the flight to the New Year!!!  What baggage do you want to carry forward to next year?  As we approach the New Year many will develop a New Year’s Resolution.  This year I’ve decided rather than setting a resolution, I will examine my life and see what “baggage” I can leave behind and not carry into the New Year.

There are many things in our lives that are “baggage” to serving our family or our walk with the Lord.  Some of the baggage could consist of emotional obstacles, grudges, obsessions, or too much activity.  Maybe we’ve been holding on to a grudge against a sibling, parent or child.  Or we have an obsession to make more money, have the latest greatest gadget or the fanciest car.  Or we keep ourselves and our calendar so busy that we never have time to sit and meditate on the Lord.

Hebrews 12: 1 “… let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” –ESV   I’d like to lay aside more than just the extra pounds that I don’t want to carry into next year, but also what is holding me back from being the best person that I can be.

“Think you can, or think you can’t, either way you’ll be right” – Henry Ford.  I want to face the New Year with a refreshed enthusiasm that I can leave behind the baggage and sins which clings so closely that keep me from serving the Lord with all my heart, mind and strength.  This doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of work ahead of me, but I think I can leave behind the baggage that I don’t need to carry into the future.

The flight to the New Year is upon us.  What baggage will you carry with you?

Sam Paulissian