Just returned from a recent trip to see my family in the rolling hills of Kentucky. We were gone for a week and it seemed like we had to pack everything. It was a real job just getting ready to go! You know the feeling! You need a vacation after your vacation! We had tons of fun and everything turned out great! It’s always good to make it home safe and sound. Before we left for our trip I figured I’d pack a couple of magazines and a good book to read for the long 13 hour car ride. I am always picking up books to read, so I knew there would be something I could take. As I searched my mini at home library I stumbled upon a book by Max Lucado titled “Traveling Light”. How fitting I thought, this may be just what I need to read during our travels.So I packed it in our car bag, which would be with me up in the front seat. This book has been great so far! Maybe it will resonate with you too. Here’s the inside of the jacket as written by the author:
” Weary travelers. You’ve seen them-everything they own crammed into their luggage. Staggering through terminals and hotel lobbies with overstuffed suitcases, trunks, duffels and backpacks. Back ache. Feet burn. Eyelids droop. We’ve all seen people like that. At times, we are people like that-if not with our physical luggage, then at least with our spiritual load. We all lug loads we were never intended to carry. Fear. Worry. Discontent. No wonder we get so weary. We’re worn out from carrying that excess baggage. Wouldn’t it be nice to lose some of those bags? That’s the invitation of Max Lucado. With the twenty-third Psalm as our guide, let’s release some of the burdens we were never intended to bear.”
Maybe your like me and are so used to carrying something you were never meant to carry. It’s time we lay that weight down. As a matter of fact we are told to lay it down. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12;1. Maybe it’s not sin weighing you down, but something else that is keeping you from running the race more efficiently, limiting the abundant and fruitful life that we are meant to live. Something to think about. What are you carrying?
- Some Excerpts From “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado; Food For Thought (terri0729.wordpress.com)
- Travel Tip: Packing 101 – Art and Science of Traveling Light (bouncebackjournal.wordpress.com)
- Why traveling light? (ciordonez.wordpress.com)