Traveling: What’s in YOUR suitcase?


No, I’m not referring to a Capital One credit card (What’s in your wallet?) or American Express (Don’t leave home without it). I’m asking, what are the critical items you pack for a trip?

Several years ago our family was spending a weekend down the shore. Rich and I had one night alone before everyone else arrived, therefore our son David rode with his brother, Shane, and sister-in-law, Amy. As they sped down the parkway, Amy asked David if he brought a CD to play. Immediately he produced a paper grocery bag half-filled with CDs, all without cases—he had enough listening hours for a cross-country trip. Forget the favorite hoodie, bathing suit, comfy pillow—he packed what was most important to him. And we do the same.

We don’t want to be weighed down with excess luggage or pay to check a suitcase, so we pack what’s important to us. We think it through, plan carefully, and eliminate what is unnecessary.

Whether traveling down the shore or along life’s shores, we make choices that will eliminate the frivolous and include the necessary. I want to be as diligent in my life journey as I am in my local travels. I don’t know about you, but my luggage is heavy with things that are good, but they’ve displaced those that are best. I want to disencumber myself, live simpler, clear my mind, eliminate distractions, and live focused.

What can we eliminate to make our Christian walk more joyful, more effective? What is needful to simplify our journey and clarify our purpose?

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1,2)

Photo from Borodinova@pixabay

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kennethstuartbaker
    Nov 23, 2018 @ 14:36:19

    I like the metaphor of what gets taken on the trip down the shore standing for what we take along (or not!) on our Christian walk.



  2. katiesweeting
    Nov 23, 2018 @ 23:17:13

    Thanks for this good word, Barbara. There are some things – physical and mental– and time wasters which I need to rid myself of to live more simply. Amen and amen.



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