Claiming Our Baggage

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Ready or not … a new year has begun.  The reality is that some of us are not ready.  Many more of us find ourselves much less ready than we’d like to be.  Some of us find ourselves in a place of spiritual, emotional or mental distress.  We don’t feel ready for a new year.  We are not ready to return to work, to classes, or to our ordinary lives that we usually live. 

The bad news is that we can’t do anything to stop time or delay the return to our normal lives or the beginning of this new year.  But not all is lost.  There is good news!  The good news is that today is a new day.  Regardless of where we have been in the past, today is a new day.  What we choose to do with our today is totally up to us and the past only affects today if we let it.

As we look to this new year we need to spend a moment to reflect on the fact that, wherever we may be at, we do not have to face today alone.  I gain a lot of comfort when I look to the following verse in Lamentations:

“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up.  They’re created new every morning.  How great your faithfulness!  I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”

                                                                        Lamentations 3:22-23

This passage evokes images and feelings of hope, persistence and endurance.  It speaks of a God who cares, understands and is willing to meet us in our place of need.  A part of moving forward, regardless of where we might find ourselves, is being willing to give an honest assessment of where we are.  We need to identify the baggage we carry and claim it as our own.  We can’t get rid of this extra, unwanted baggage in our lives until we are willing to claim it.  We need to help those around us do this as well.  We are all wounded people ourselves — none of us perfect — so let’s not pretend to be. Let’s invite God in to these painful areas of our unfolding lives and ask for healing where need be.

Our pain, hurts, struggles and strife don’t have to disqualify us from the work we’ve been called to (but it can if we don’t address it); instead let’s cling to the words God spoke to Paul as he cried out for assistance:

“My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

                                                                        2 Corinthians 9:12

God can use you and I in our weak, frail, imperfect state.  This should hopefully give us cause for a deep sigh of relief.  It is my hope and prayer, as we begin a new year that we will be willing to honor God and honor those around us by claiming our baggage — before it claims us.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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One Response to Claiming Our Baggage

  1. Jack Owens says:

    Thanks so much for this encouraging word this morning!

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