In a few days, we’ll be starting out on a new journey into a new year and as we look forward with renewed hopes and high spirits, it is time to unpack and repack.
Like life itself, the New Year is a marathon race or a long distance journey set before us with its many stops and typically, we engage it carrying luggage. Though naturally, we would all approach the New Year with defined hopes, plans, strategies and a winning attitude, we really aren’t ever sure of the curves, hurdles, hills and slopes that line our paths. We simply cannot determine what lies ahead. Nevertheless, our primary concerns should be to run the race set before us with all the endurance required, to travel this new path carrying only the needed stuff in our bags and to arrive at our finish lines (our many stops)in record time. So, what is in your bag?
Too many times we embark on life’s many journeys carrying way more luggage than we need that we eventually begin to crumble under the weight of self-inflicted burdens. We can’t repeat this mistake in the New Year.The only way to go faster, easier, cheaper and happier is to go lighter.Therefore, not everyone we know, everything we own or have been through is necessary for this next phase of our journeys. We must at this junction separate the essentials from the little “luxuries” that will eventually metamorphose into burdens. But then, the truth is that we simply cannot have an idea of what our journey’s “essentials” are unless we have some measure of understanding of what our life’s assignment and destination is since these variables determine the“essentials”. So, where are you called to do and where are you going?
As this year closes, you must be pertinent about discovering who you are, what you are called to do, where you are headed in life and understand what season of your life you are stepping into. You may not know all that is in store for you in 2017, but be sure about your life assignment and then travel intentionally with the right stuff in your bag. Generally, ideologies that are not in line with biblical perspectives, values that negate or are indifferent to your purpose, memories and experiences that pollute your stream of happiness and sense of worth, habits and character traits that reduce your opportunities, negative emotions that leave you with a waste of regrets, and unhealthy relationships that slow you down are some of the things you must unpack from your luggage and leave behind in 2016 as you advance into the new year and through life. Remember that life will tax you for every excess you bring on board, so lighten your luggage here and now.
In the end, all you really need is a knapsack carrying faith, good memories, significant life lessons, an improving character, a curious and expanding intellect, healthy relationships and a progressive revelation of God. Everything else may just be luxuries waiting to metamorphose into burdens.
So, if does your race no good, discard it. In fact, if it does your journey “nothing”, let it go. You will need the extra space for new, better and rewarding additions. So, unpack and repack your bag, lighten your luggage, and shake off the burdens now.
Writer, Speaker, Worship leader, Feminist and Communications professional in a romantic relationship with Jesus.