Traveling Light

…let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)

I packed and repacked my backpack and duffel bag until I was confident that I had everything I would need during our team's climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa.

Every ounce mattered. Carrying weight at altitude is a different ball game to carrying weight at sea level. With each mile that I climbed, certain items that I had deemed important at the base of the mountain began to lose their significance and I began to shed additional weight from my backpack. There is a glorious freedom that comes with traveling light. You learn quickly that you can live without a lot of life's “necessities”. When you're on a mountain, it's you, God and nature. Pared down to the bare minimum, I was forced to focus on priorities.

Life is a lot like climbing a mountain. For each of us, the tangible and intangible baggage weighing us down might be something very different, but it is anything that hinders our relationship with the Lord. On the trail of life, we must cast off those weights which hang heavy around our necks, which may be invisible to others, but not to God – regrets of the past, fear of the future and discouragement with today.

Give me strength, Lord, to discard the burdens You never intended me to carry. Help me to focus on Your priorities. May I come to know the freedom of traveling light and the joy of ascending higher peaks with You! Amen.