Heavy Baggage


Lori Dixon explains how oftentimes the load that she carries is not of her own. We must remember that we are called to bear each others' burdens with joy.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 ESV)

There are times when I mistakenly ask my husband to hold my purse for me, opening myself up to comments on its size and weight, (better he makes fun of my handbag mass than my mass).  Which reminds me of something interesting I read recently . . . Did you know that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it? Chew on that one for a minute . . . there you go!

But back to my bag. It is monstrous and is often full of things that I really don’t need. So I purge and clean it out, only to realize that half of it is stuff my family members dropped in for me to tote when on outings). Items I pulled out today that were not mine include:

  • Someone’s chewed gum wadded into an already used tissue for ‘later’ disposal (how nice that I didn’t raise a litterbug)
  • A full bottle of lactose pills (I’m not lactose intolerant)
  • A driver’s license organ donation form that needs postage (My bad. It’s been moved between three purses and just as many seasons)
  • An iPhone 5 charger (we don’t even own a version 5...must be my niece’s)
  • An empty cracker wrapper (my daughter liked them and wanted to remember the brand)
  • Half a dog bone (I don’t even know for sure . . . but this one is probably my own doing)

Cleaned out for today, but soon it will be full again, giving my dear man opportunity to raise his eyebrows and make mention of the girth of my purse. But he’s a wise man (in spite of his three university degrees) . . . he knows better to mock the wife’s shoulder-bag than her saddle-bags.

Lord, thank You for surrounding us with loving, giving family members and friends – and for laughter. Help us to remember that we are called to bare each others' burdens with joy! Amen!

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