“It’s only baggage if you carry it around.”

I’ve been thinking about this quote quite a bit lately. I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard this statement. I was riding home in my husband’s pickup truck not too long after we first started dating. As he drove down the highway and I sat there in the passenger’s seat looking out the window, I began having one of those awe moments. I was so incredibly happy. I sat there thinking…how in the world could this be my life?

I rode along thinking about how completely different my life had looked just one year earlier. The course of my life had taken a 180 degree turn. I sat there completely amazed at how God is able to take the “messes” we tend to make of our lives and somehow turn those messes into something beautiful. I still find myself, even today, marveling over His ability to do this.

“I’m sorry that I come with so much baggage.”

His response still encourages me today.

“What do you mean? It’s only baggage if you carry it around.”

I am so thankful that today I have a choice. I never have to pick up those bags again. Today, I have my own personal baggage handler-kind of like the sky hop at the airport—except my Sky Hop is on duty 24/7, never asks for a tip, and never makes me take the heavy load back. All I need to do is ask Him.

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