Whether you are new here or have been reading for awhile, I think you’ll be able to relate to this.

We all have baggage we carry. Movies and TV shows make jokes about the large suitcases we take with us wherever we go with things from our childhood, teen years and early adulthood.

What they never convey is that we choose to have such large bags following our every move. Or we can decide to unpack them and move on with only the things that we need.

Let that sink in for a moment.

We can choose how much baggage we carry.

We can choose to carry that awful comment our second grade teacher made. We can let it be a part of who we believe we are. Or we can choose to let that comment simply be something that someone said. It isn’t true. It isn’t a part of who we are. It may not have even been about us. We can let it go.

We can choose to let go of what our “friends” said in high school. Unless they are still your friends, they shouldn’t have hold on any part of your mind anymore.

We can choose to forgive ourselves for mistakes we have made in relationships. We all have to learn how to be in a relationship. And none of us will ever be perfect at it. So we don’t need to carry those mistakes with us. We can learn from them and move on.

We can choose to forgive family. We can set up boundaries to keep ourselves safe.

I really wish that we were taught this somewhere along the way. That along with adding and multiplication, we were told that we had value. We mattered.

That when we entered health class in school, they didn’t just discuss our physical health and how to check in with our bodies.

I wish I’d been told what depression and anxiety looked like. I would have loved to know what abuse was and how to protect myself. That boundaries are healthy.

So, I haven’t really unpacked any of my baggage with you today, but I do hope that you’ve at least taken a moment to consider yours. And how you can lighten it.

In my next post, I will be going through my heaviest bag of all. I’ll tell you how I unpacked it. And what happened after I was done.

Friend, I hope that today, you choose to put down your baggage. That you begin to categorize the things you need from the things you don’t. And that you ask God to help you to start to heal from them. I pray that you would let Him help you sort through the words and let His words flood your soul.

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please reach out. Make an appointment with a pastor, doctor or friend. Walk in to that church you always look at, but never go in to. Or just tell someone close to you that the words in your head are getting to you and that you need help. There is so much bravery in asking for help.

Let me know if you would like me to pray for you in the comments. I would be honored to lift you up in prayer.

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