Have you ever been able to travel light? I’ve never been one to travel light. I’ve tried. Believe me, I’ve tried. You think that the Army and life had prepared me. In the military, you are given a duffle bag and a rucksack and told that as a soldier you were to carry all that you needed in those two pieces of luggage. I’m prepared. I’m prepared for baptisms or a costume party. I have been prepared to go behind enemy lines. And, if perchance, the Dalai Lama might be on my flight and invite me to dine in Tibet, I might carry snowshoes. I really need to learn to travel light!

Haven’t we been known to pick up a few bags? The suitcase of guilt. A sack of discontent. An overnight bag of loneliness and a trunk of fear. A hanging bag of grief. No wonder we are so tired at the end of the day.

But God’s saying to us, “Set that stuff down. You’re carrying burdens you don’t need to bear.” “Come to Me,” He invites, “all of you who’re weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

If we let Him—God will lighten our loads. What are the loads that you need to let the great I AM carry for you this day? Too many times and I am guilty of it is that I give those bags over to the Lord, but then I want to snatch one of them back for some crazy reason. I can’t let go. Life is learning to trust the Divine more for carrying the loads we do not need to carry.

I have learned a lot over time about learning to travel light. Don’t beat yourself up over petty stuff. These loads we worry about are so much just a small footnote in the plans The Great I AM has for us to do. So lighten up!

Rev. George E. Odell is Lead Pastor, Clinton-First United Methodist Church