Life Lessons

Leave Your Baggage And Move On

12:17 AM

 If you want to move on, 
you need to learn to let go. 
-Bo Sanchez



Originally written for and published on The Praying Woman

Sins. Hurts. Problems. Past Mistakes. Criticisms. Limitations. Regrets.
What is your baggage?

Leave Your Baggage And Move On


Sins.

Let go of sins. In our weakness, in our frailty we commit sin. We sometimes take the easy way out and compromise our values. After sinning, instead of repenting we choose to live in the shadow of our sins. Instead of facing the consequences, we let it define us. We sin and we feel like we're done. Like there's no more hope for us.

Good news! Even the worst sinner can be has been forgiven. All we need is to accept the mercy from the Ultimate Forgiver, so we can forgive ourselves and move on. 

Let go of the baggage of sin and move one.

Hurts.

People will always, always hurt us no matter how much we try to live in peace with them. It's not about us, it's about them. Hurting people hurt people. People who are unkind to you have issues with themselves and not with you. 

You may have been abandoned by your parents. Your friend might have said something that hurt you in the past. Someone may have broken your heart. Yesterday, a week ago, a month ago, maybe a couple of years or a decade ago...it doesn't matter. You feel hurt and it's normal. It's normal because you care. It's normal because you're an emotional being. 

That abandonment, that betrayal, that pain hurt but it's not your end. It may feel that way, but it's NOT. Let go of the hurt. Leave your pain and move on.

Problems.

As long as you're alive, you will encounter problems. Problems may vary from minor ones---what to have for breakfast, to major ones---how to get out of your debts. Your problems will not be around forever. Behind every problem is a solution. Behind every trial is your triumph waiting. Leave your problems and move on.

Past Mistakes.

If you are alive today, it means you've made mistakes in the past. Nobody's perfect. Everybody fails. It is not the falling that will define you, but your getting up after the fall. Let go of your past mistakes and move on.

Criticisms.

Some people make it their life mission to scrutinize you, criticize you, and even shame you. Know this: if you've accepted your flaws, no one can use it against you. If you know your worth, no one can shortchange you or make you feel inadequate.

How you see people is a reflection of how you see yourself. How you treat people is an extension of how you treat yourself. So when people only see the wrong in you, or treat you harshly all the time, take pity on them. They must be living a very hard life. They could be desperate for help. Again, it's not about you, it's about them. Let go of criticisms. They're just noise.

Limitations.

You may have been told by someone important to you that your dreams are too big for you, that you are unrealistic. Someone may have instilled in your mind that you are not capable. They're just as imperfect as you are. The only person who can limit you is yourself. Let go of limitations.

Regrets.

We have our could-have-been. We feel like we've missed something and regret our decisions at some point. We can choose to dwell in what we cannot change, or let go of the regret and make a brand new start. We can feel sorry for ourselves forever or make the mind-shift that everything happens for a reason.  

Behind all our baggage is shame. If we get rid of the shame, we get rid of the baggage and start to move one. 

We hang on to toxic people and stay in trashy relationships because we feel that's what we deserve. Because we're ashamed of ourselves, of our baggage. Bo Sanchez said, "You are not a garbage collector. Get rid of the garbage in your life."

Gratitude defies gravity. When you feel pulled down by your past mistakes, turn it around and be grateful instead of who you are and what you have.

You can't get on a plane unless you surrender your baggage first.

You can't get on with life unless you let go of your emotional baggage.

It's not easy, but you'll get there if you start shedding them now.

Leave Your Baggage And Move On


From Talk 2: Desperate of Women Gone Wild series at The Feast
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32 comments

  1. This is an amazing blog post and very much needed!

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    1. We all need to hear it, right? Thanks!

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  2. Less luggage more comfort. Wonder why it is so hard to follow!

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    1. I think because it's always easier said than done.

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  3. Moving on is letting go... I do wish it was easier...

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  4. This is the encouragement I needed today. I get stuck in this place of self condemnation. I have been reading Psalm 51 this week and it is speaking to me about this. Thank you for this post.

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    1. We all are stuck somehow somewhere. The important thing is that we strive to get past it. Kudos to your determination. And you're most welcome.

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  5. I definitely need to learn how to let go more. I tend to overthink things and fret over things that have long passed and really don't matter anymore.

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  6. Wow ,great Post! Love what you have to say :)

    big Hugs

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  7. I love this! It reminds me of one of my favorite verses in Hebrews- "lay aside- cast off everything that hinders you and run your race!" Life is so much more fun- running free and unencumbered! blessings- great article

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    1. Beautiful verse! Thanks, Cindy.

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  8. There are those people from the past where we drifted apart from each other. I feel guilt about it and think, "What would it feel like to not have that guilt." Of course the answer is, "AWESOME." :)

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    1. Awesome it is! Light, free, happier. :)

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  9. Awesome Post.. Thanks for sharing.. I wish i can do this.. though i know in real it's a bit harder.. :)

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    1. It's always easier said than done. But, we can always try. :)

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  10. This is very powerful advice! Thanks!

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  11. This is right on target. So true that shame is behind all of our baggage, and that we tend to live in the shadow of our sin. Even after we're forgiven, we keep going back to certain sins. Yes, we need to accept God's forgiveness, drop the baggage, and move on! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. That, we should do indeed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Melissa.

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  12. What a powerful, beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it. God doesn't want us to live in the past--he wants us to live in his presence with our eyes on the future he has planned for us.

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    1. That's so true. We have a wonderful life despite of our past because it has been plotted with love. Thank you.

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  14. Amen! Amen! Amen! An inspirational reminder! I love the visual of trying to get on a plane to your destination with all the baggage still in your arms ... it just doesn't work! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Lori. Thanks for reading.

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  15. What wonderful, inspiring truths, Lux. Thanks for sharing these thoughts to help us get rid of that baggage that holds us back. God bless!

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