Pastor Zac Elliot
Have you ever noticed how luggage crazy we are? If you walk through the airport you can see the vast hordes of luggage-crazed people walking from terminal to terminal. We are constantly on a mission to find trendier luggage with an easier way to carry, push or pull our bags. The stuff in the suitcase is the same, the only thing that’s different is the bag that we carry it in.
It actually sounds a lot like our lives and the hurt we carry. If you think about it, hurt is one of the heaviest suitcases that we carry.
Each and every one of us carry hurt with us in some form or another and for some reason we never unpack our suitcase. Instead, we try to find different ways to carry it around. We just pack it in neater packages. Rather than taking care of the hurt, we just change terminals. We do this by trying to shift our focus to a new hobby, another job, another marriage, etc. As a result, the hurt is rotting us to the core and ruining our lives.
What if I told you that you don’t have to carry your hurt anymore? Imagine how your life would transform if you could just unpack that suitcase forever. You know, that suitcase that is full of anger, bitterness and resentment.
The truth is you don’t have to carry it anymore. Jesus already carried it for you! 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He (Jesus) personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.”
It is time we stopped repackaging our hurt, guilt and shame. It’s time to stop lugging it around and give it to the one who already carried it for us – Jesus Christ. He already carried it for you on the cross. So the question is, why do you continue to carry it yourself? Why don’t you just give it to Jesus?
It’s not as hard as you might think to make the first step in the healing process. In fact you can do it right now. The best place to start is by talking to God. You could say something like this, “Jesus, I’m hurting and I can’t seem to get over it. It’s too heavy for me to carry any longer. I want to give my heart to you and I want you to heal me. Please take this hurt from me. I know you’re better at carrying it than I am. I give you my life and my hurt.”
If you do this, you will begin to walk on the road that moves from being a person that is hurt to becoming a person that is healed. The person who is healed lives a much happier life.