A Word with You - January 22, 2020

Bogged Down With Baggage

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Mount Luggage – that's what I remember about the day that our whole family was trapped at O'Hare Airport. We had taken our daughter to Chicago to get her to college. There was record rainfall that day. I think it was like nine and a half inches in a few hours, and O'Hare Airport was literally for a while cut off from the rest of the world. It was like Camp O'Hare! And the overpass that people had to go through to get into the airport was flooded with four feet of water. Well, needless to say, all the people were stranded there; everyone was running trying to get to a phone. This was before cell phones. Every phone was taken; everybody was trying to find options, "How do I get out of here?" "How can I arrange for a ride if it ever does open up?" "Where can we stay tonight?"

And, of course, I was a Dad with three kids and a wife there, and I'm trying to find a room, a ride. The problem was in order to take advantage of any break I could find, we had to move fast. I mean, it was just a zoo! Well, that's what we could not do because we were bringing our daughter to college, and she was bringing her whole world to college with her. And since we had to fly, we all brought luggage, and she brought big trunks. And I think we had something like 12 pieces of luggage, and my daughter was sitting on that pile of baggage in the baggage claim area. And when we needed to move, we were too tied down to do it.

We've got so much debt, so much we own, so much stuff. And instead of continuing to give it way, we build a little kingdom. He may or may not ask you to leave all and follow Him; He did ask a lot of people to do that and He still is. But we need to live so we're always ready to leave.

We have a heritage in our faith of leaders and followers of Christ who travel light. Don't let the accumulation of earth stuff trap you into God's second best. You have to always be ready to leave it all and you've got to be able to leave it all. When God asks you to move or change, you just don't want to be trapped by a mountain of baggage.

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Originally published January 22, 2020.