Recently, my wife and I made a trip to Northwest Arkansas to go through our storage building. It was full of things that we had left behind when we moved to North Fort Worth a year ago. As we began to go through the things in the rented storage building, we realized that some of this stuff has been moved from one storage building to another in three separate moves. That means that some of these items have been in storage for approximately 12 years. We have been dragging this stuff across the DFW metroplex, into another state and back again. Exhaustion from moving was the reason we left these things in Arkansas to begin with. Now, here we were, sorting through it all again. This was not just junk or obvious trash to be thrown out. There were items of value and usefulness in this storage building, which is why I had kept them. “You never know when I might need this stuff”, was the mantra that kept me dragging this stuff behind me. In truth, they were becoming a financial drag as well as a physical one. Enough is enough. I was tired of dragging this stuff with me and it was time to let them go. Phone calls were made, truck beds were loaded and provisions made to rid ourselves of this useful stuff that we no longer needed. We are now in the process of not needing another storage building. We aren’t there yet, but we are on our way.
On the six hour drive home, I thought about how good it felt to have made this decision and how silly I felt about how long I just kept dragging this stuff with me from one season to another. Then I realized that we do this all the time. Perhaps not just with physical items, but with emotional and spiritual items as well. Things from past seasons of life that are still hanging on and robbing us of strength in the present season. Hebrews 12: 1 tells us that we must not only deal with sin, but also the things that hinder us in our lives. Jesus said, “take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Dragging things behind us slows us down and wears us out.
What are you dragging with you? Are there things from the past that it is time to let go? An attitude, perspective or paradigm that is no longer pertinent? Perhaps, there is an offense, judgment or fear that needs to be removed from your heart and mind? It’s time to say “enough!” Sever the rope, deal with the stuff and be free of it for good. The journey is challenging enough without the added burden of dragging stuff behind you.