The Weight of Our Baggage

In his book The Living Faith, Lloyd C. Douglas tells the story of Thomas Hearne, who was on an expedition to explore to the mouth of the Coppermine River. A few days after they had begun, a party of Indians attacked and made off with most of their supplies. His comment in his journal after this apparent misfortune was, "The weight of our baggage being so much lightened, our next day’s journey was more swift and pleasant." Douglas makes this observation--
Hearne was in route to something very interesting and important; and the loss of a few sides of bacon and a couple of bags of flour meant nothing more than an easing of the load. Had Hearne been hole in somewhere, in a cabin, resolved to spend his last days eking out an existence, and living on capital previously collected, the loss of some of his stores by plunder would probably have worried him almost to death.

Remember the poor widow of Luke 21 who gave her last two copper coins to God? Maybe she was willing to loose everything she had because her heart was moving toward God as the only true source of wealth. Jesus said, “This poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4)

Once we become settlers, we hoard our blessings of time and talent and money for ourselves. When we continue to explore and move toward God, we may decide that much of our stuff weighs us down and holds us back on our journey. We know in our hearts that we can't take anything with us when we die. Maybe our journey would be "more swift and pleasant" if we didn't travel with so much baggage!

I know that the timing of this post is pretty bad—right before Christmas when we are rushing to add to our baggage. On second thought, maybe the timing is perfect.