I subscribe to the Society of John the Evangelist’s daily email called, “Brother Give Us a Word.” I’ve found great insight and wisdom in these short, and often on-target reflections about our faith. Every once-in-a-while, the reflection absolutely hits home–God being, well, God, sees to that.
Today’s reflection from Br. Mark Brown is one of those times when the message sent was exactly the message that needed to be received. Br. Mark writes:
“If we’re not paying attention, we can find we’ve accumulated a vast treasury, truck loads of fears and anxieties, trunk loads of resentments and grudges, crates of unrealistic expectations and boxes of presumptions and unreasonable demands. Remember to leave all this baggage behind, to travel lightly on the way. Remember to travel forgetfully and follow Jesus.”
When you pack up and move from one house to the other, there is always the process of going through all of one’s possessions: old clothes that haven’t been worn recently, boxes of “stuff” in the attic, garage or basement, that may not have been opened in years. The same can be said about fears, anxieties, presumptions, our guilt, shame, anger and unreasonable demands–they accumulate in our life. Sometimes those “boxes” aren’t opened up for years and years, yet we carry them around all the same. They sit on our soul and weigh us down. Following Jesus requires us to travel light; and at times even shaking the dust from our feet as we work to confront and then leave behind and let go of our fears, anxieties, guilt, shame and all the rest.
What additional “boxes” are you carrying with you? How do you think you might lighten your load? Imagine how much more freely do you think you might be able to feel and live if you weren’t carrying around those extra “boxes?”