If you drive by the high school in your area you will see a very common thing - backpacks. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. Almost every student is wearing one of these backpacks. When I grew up we didn’t carry backpacks. We had those blue and yellow Adidas bags (I know you feel the connection). I loved the one I had.
In those backpacks students carry everything from books, pens, pencils, paper, gum, and things I’m sure every parent would not want to know about. The purpose is to carry the things they need to be in school.
When you think about it, we all wear backpacks. We don’t carry school supplies, but we carry all of life’s stuff. All the high points and low points go in our backpack.
Some of our backpacks have things like:
Some of us have some pretty ugly stuff in our backpacks.
The thing is we were never meant to carry all of this stuff in our backpacks. All these things do is weigh us down. Hold us back from living free in life. Keep us from living into who God wants us to become.
I guess what has been running around in my heart these days is this – we need to stop letting the things in our backpack rule our lives.
God knew that we would not be able to run through life with all this extra weight so He did something about it. He sent his son to take our backpacks for us.
Today, maybe what you need to do is give your backpack over to him and let him carry it. Or at least begin to replace the stuff in your backpack with new things like:
I don’t know about you but it seems like a pretty great exchange of what we have in our backpacks.