Tag Archives: unmentionables

Baggage

What a privilege to sit with You this morning, Father. That You would want to take time to be with me, the fact that You love me enough to do so is almost beyond comprehension. Thank You…

Hebrews 12:1 (<<click here)

  “… strip off every weight that slows us down…”

Baggage…we all have this tendency to want to lug it around – at least spiritually. But why do we do that? It’s sure not something we enjoy in life! When I travel, and it’s time to move my suitcase, I sure don’t want to carry it or drag it any further than I have to. It’s heavy. It’s bulky. It’s cumbersome. It just slows me down and keeps me from experiencing my travels.

So why do I do it spiritually? Sometimes they’re not very big but I feel more comfortable having them with me – little security blankets. For example, it’s very easy for me to over analyze. Should I say this, do that, will they laugh with me or think I’m weird. Will it show I care or drive others away? Not a lot of weight but it sure slows me down.

“Unmentionables” can be a problem, too. They’re not something we want others to see but quite often they’re there. We get tangled up in them and they can cause us to fall. Addictions trip us up for sure – drugs, alcohol, porn, gambling.

“Collectibles” aren’t something we would normally take on a trip but spiritually we can make a habit of it. We can’t seem to let go of the guilt of our past – things we’ve done, things we’ve said, Lord, if we’ve asked You to forgive us then they are no longer of concern to You. Help us to cast them aside.

Lord, help us to drop the baggage. We don’t need any of it for You provide all we need.

May 25th, Wed, 5:56 am

Baggage

What a privilege to sit with You this morning, Father. That You would want to take time to be with me, the fact that You love me enough to do so, is almost beyond comprehension. Thank You…

Hebrews 12:1 (<<click here)

  “… strip off every weight that slows us down…”

Baggage…we all have this tendency to want to lug it around – at least spiritually. But why do we do that? It’s sure not something we enjoy in life! When I travel, and it’s time to move my suitcase, I sure don’t want to carry it or drag it any further than I have to. It’s heavy. It’s bulky. It’s cumbersome. It just slows me down and keeps me from experiencing my travels.

So why do I do it spiritually? Sometimes they’re not very big but I feel more comfortable having them with me – little security blankets. For example, it’s very easy for me to over analyze. Should I say this, do that, will they laugh with me or think I’m weird. Will it show I care or drive others away? Not a lot of weight but it sure slows me down.

“Unmentionables” can be a problem, too. They’re not something we want others to see but quite often they’re there. We get tangled up in them and they can cause us to fall. Addictions trip us up for sure – drugs, alcohol, porn, gambling.

“Collectibles” aren’t something we would normally take on a trip but spiritually we can make a habit of it. We can’t seem to let go of the guilt of our past – things we’ve done, things we’ve said, Lord, if we’ve asked You to forgive us then they are no longer of concern to You. Help us to cast them aside.

Lord, help us drop the baggage. We don’t need any of it for You provide all we need.

May 25th, Wed, 5:56 am

Hand in the Cookie Jar

In the quiet of this early hour, Father, speak to my heart. Open my spiritual ears that I may hear every word. Fill me with You that I then may live them out. Amen.

Hebrews 4:13 (<<click here)

“Nothing… is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed…we are accountable.”

From a physical perspective alone, Lord, this would scare most people half to death but that is just a shallow, surface mentality. Of course when the author of Hebrews says “everything” they mean evrything!

Many of us excel…Let me rephrase that… I as well of many of us excel at keeping all of our unmentionables discreetly tucked in. Our minds process things all the time that we would be absolutely mortified if others could see what we are thinking and when and where we are thinking it! And the things we think run the gamut of possibility from silly to selfish, from inappropriate to sinful.

Others cannot see, thankfully, but You, Lord…You see everything in its entirety. Absolutely “nothing in all creation is hidden from You.” All that we do or think is an open book before You. We cannot hide it or disguise it or embellish it. “Everything is naked and exposed before Your eyes.” That’s pretty blunt and just the thought of it makes us uncomfortable and all we seem to be able to do is to look down at our shifting feet.

We have, without question, no excuses left. We are caught with our proverbial hand in the cookie jar. And it’s not like our kid sister caught us. You, Lord, the God of the Universe, the “One appointed by God to be the judge of all – the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:42)… You are the “one to whom we are accountable.”

So payment is due. The bill is on table and there is no slipping out the back door. Some of our “indiscretions” are harmless and not worth remembering but many…many are infractions against our most holy God. And regardless of whether we want to acknowledge it, the fact of the matter is “the wages of sins is death…” Romans 6:23a We don’t but, Lord, You surely did. You gave Your life in our stead. You took upon Yourself the sins of every man, woman and child who has ever walked the face of this earth. The “wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23b

We are caught…we are exposed…we are guilty…but thanks to Jesus’ supreme sacrifice – if we will but accept it – we are forgiven. AMEN!

Mar 4th, Fri, 5:48 am