That old baggage

Welcome to Monday!

Ecclesiastes 3 v 6 says ” a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

Some things I reckon are worth treasuring for the rest of our lives, while other things belong in the bin!

I have the natural tendency to cling to what is familiar, even it if proves detrimental to me.

Many individuals have collected injustices and grudges throughout the years, nursing them and keeping them alive long after the event has ceased. .

I wonder if “letting go” is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for a human being? My guess is that not letting go can be very destructive for us all at home, work and play. 

Currently, I and some of my work colleagues are working on the same project but we each bring baggage and I have had to pull myself up short as I hear us all debating how to do certain activities because we each have our own view stating “this is how we have done them before so my way is right”, when we were in different employment. It just does not work, things move on! This Old testament verse is so spot on!

The difficulty we have in freeing ourselves from this clutter metaphorically seems to be the same as our difficulties getting rid of spiritual clutter. God’s Word indicates, however, that we must make a full-fledged effort to rid ourselves of excess baggage. Notice Hebrews 12:1:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. . . .

The Apostle Paul gets more specific :

But now you must also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds. . . . (Colossians 3:8-9). Follow this teaching at work and see the results!

My view is that the Bible teaching is spot on for my life today in 2014 – particularly my work life. Even though it was written so many years ago. “Old but ever new”

have a good one


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