Here’s the thing. It’s never good. As far as I can tell. It weighs you down. Slows you down when you do get moving. Keeps you off airplanes.
Life tries to hand us baggage, doesn’t it? Stuff we don’t want and wouldn’t choose. Like guilt. Pain. Betrayal. Resentment. Bitterness. Distrust. Unforgiveness. It may smolder just below the surface but it’s there. Sometimes I feel like Paul on the ship when he told the captain to throw everything overboard. It’s definitely time to lighten the load.
Matthew 6.15 says if we don’t forgive we can’t be forgiven. Not won‘t. Can’t. Big difference. The Amplified version takes it a step further, as it’s liable to do, telling us that nurturing hurt and anger interferes with a closeness to the One who loves us most. Walls and fences may make for good neighbours but they definitely don’t make successful interpersonal relationships. Upward (God) or outward (people). Which is the whole point.
I’ve heard it said Jesus was a master networker and I would have to agree. He had a way of bringing like-minded folk together for a common goal. God’s will. Yet He was also a catalyst.
According to Dictionary.com, here’s the is the meaning of catalyst:
I can definitely go for that.
Here’s the Karified version:
Something or someone that either attracts or repels surrounding forces but never leaves them unchanged.
When folks encountered Jesus they could not leave the same. Whatever was in their heart was revealed, even amplified, in His presence, which was one of the reasons the religious right of His day didn’t care much for Him. He called them out on their hypocrisy and they reacted defensively, concerned more about outward appearance than inward growth.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve been both a humble hungry fisherman and a self-satisfied religious right, but one of my common prayers is for clean hands and a pure heart. I want to see the Lover of my soul. In this life as well as the next. I want to be a vessel He can work through. And to do that I might have to drop a little excess baggage but it’ll be worth it.
How about you? Is there something you might want to drop today, to lighten the load?
Tell me. Seriously. I’m interested.
Oh, did I tell you? I’ve decided on a definite tag line:
Kari, the catalyst, winning souls and influencing destinies –
Kari, the light traveller
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