By: Selah Cosentino January 2, 2018

Isn’t there just something exciting about a new year?  It’s a fresh start, an opportunity to “begin again.”  Anything that wasn’t accomplished last year can be attacked when the calendar page turns.  Resolutions, goals, and ideas swirl in our heads and influence our conversations.  We feel empowered.

Yet, The Huffington Post reports that only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions.

Whatever inhibited our success the last time we set out to meet our objectives has a way of cropping up to challenge us yet again.  These blockades are known by many aliases.

In the January 1 edition of UpWords, Max Lucado calls them “luggage.”  He says:

 You can’t enjoy a journey carrying so much stuff—so much luggage.  Odds are, somewhere this morning between the first step on the floor and the last step out the door, you grabbed some luggage.

 Don’t remember doing so?  That is because you did it without thinking. That’s because the bags we grab aren’t made of leather, they are made of burdens.  The suitcase of guilt.  A duffel bag of weariness, a hanging bag of grief.  A backpack of doubt, an overnight bag of fear.  Lugging luggage is exhausting! 

God is saying to set that stuff down; you’re carrying burdens you don’t need to bear.  Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

We all tote luggage.  Leaving it at the Cross requires a daily decision.  In a world churning with chaos, I sometimes forget to slow down long enough to allow Christ’s loving hands to bear it from me.

And I have a hunch your listeners face the same struggle.

Each day requires a fresh dose of biblical recalibration.  That’s what UpWords provides to listeners of over 1,400 radio outlets.  If you’re not yet airing the one-minute feature, I’d encourage you to consider adding it to your rotation this year.  (Email me at with questions and to sign up.)

And … Happy New Year!


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