Maria Dellos of Arizona recently got a call from the TSA letting her know that they had found some luggage that she lost 20 years ago. Somehow the bags got stored at the airport. They were discovered when some recent renovation was done, complete with a note inside that led to Maria’s address. Finding luggage like that from decades ago could be a good thing. But for far too many people, the baggage they carry from the distant past is not so good. Mario Dellos found her baggage, but it might be better for us if we lost some baggage. Old hurts, wounds, griefs, and fears from relationships lost and broken not only weigh us down, they keep us from experiencing the new life that God has for us in the present. As we enter into this New Year, I hope you make room for the full life that God has planned for you by letting go of the baggage from the past you no longer need to keep. As you take this turn to the future, lay your baggage down at the feet of Jesus. He loves you, forgives you, adores you, and is for you. Lay your baggage down. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, and why not just go and claim the new and beautiful future that He has planned for you.
– Dr. Tim Thompson