Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lighten The Load

"And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship.
On the third day we threw the ship's tackle overboard with our own hands.

So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and threw the wheat into the sea."
Acts 27:18-19, 38 (NKJV)

There are some things that I always take with me on trips, like my computer and tablet, both of them are very important for what I do.  But there are some things I would not take on a trip because I do not need them.  I have a lot of good books, but I don't bring them all with me on the trips I take.  If I took a lot of unnecessary things with me on a trip, I would overload myself with things that would actually make my trip harder.  Sometimes a decision has to be made about what I need to take along and what I need to leave behind.

In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul is being taken to Rome as a prisoner and the ship he is on encounters a storm.  The storm was so bad that the people on the ship knew that they had to get rid of all of the unnecessary things or they would crash.  At one point they threw some of the ship's equipment overboard and later they even threw the food overboard!  This was not because the ship's equipment and food were not good, but at that point in their journey those things were unnecessary.

As we travel though life, there will be times that we face challenges and difficulties and we need to make a decision about what to keep and what to let go of.  Sometimes we will not go as far as we should in our relationship with God, and in some areas of life, if we are not willing to lighten our load and throw some things overboard, so to speak.  By following the guidelines we have in God's Word and listening to the direction of the Holy Spirit we will know what is really necessary in the different situations we face in life and what will only weigh us down and hinder us from doing what we need to do.

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