Do you need to unload your baggage emotionally. Carrying around emotional baggage can be heavier than a sack of cement.
It eats at you day after day, and becomes a stress point that is tender to the touch. It would be a smart idea to get rid of it.
What is “baggage”?
The term refers to those deep emotional issues that have been buried within you, in an effort to be functional in your life. However, they have never been dealt with, and are still affecting your life today. Especially in the area of your relationships.
Here are the 5 Best Steps to Unload Your Baggage
Identify Your Baggage.
This may take some soul searching due to the fact that so much of our lives get woven together tighter than a Navajo blanket. However, you know if you have emotional baggage bound up in there somewhere.
If you have been trying to live with it for a long time, it can be pretty integrated with your emotional development. However you can identify it if you are honest with yourself.
Psalm 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Discover Unresolved Issues.
In there somewhere might be some unresolved issues. Maybe they have been nagging at you for years. Sometimes that is due to difficult situations that never got resolved because they were swept under the rug.
People that don’t like conflict will often just take the hit, and let it get swept under the rug. Because of that you never get the chance to unload your baggage.
If you have unresolved issues, and want to unload your baggage, it’s time to deal with it. Pray about it, ask the Lord to reveal it in your life, and then be ready to deal with it.
Psalm 139:23–24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Connect with a Trusted Friend or Mentor.
Hopefully there is someone in your life that you can discreetly reach out to, and schedule some time to talk. Before you meet, collect your thoughts and a few questions that you might need some advice about.
Then, go have coffee or something, and without dumping the whole truckload on them at once, begin the conversation. Remember that you have been thinking about this for a long time, but this is the first time they have heard of it.
Go slow. Just getting these things off your chest will be a big relief.
Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
If you are going to unload your baggage then it may mean that you have to go talk to some people, that you have had problems with, and have the uncomfortable conversation.
Don’t worry about how they respond, instead be concerned about your clarity, and desire to “mend fences” with them. Seek reconciliations where it can be found.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Once you have done all you can to handle the situations that led to your emotional baggage, it’s time to move on. don’t let those things have any control over you any longer.
Give them all over to the Lord, and don’t take them back. No matter how anyone else responded you have done all you can to unload your baggage, and be fair about it with the people that are involved.
You have a lot to look forward to, so get started pursuing God’s best in your life, and don’t look back.
You past does not define you, and it does not control your future, unless you let it.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We encourage you to start taking some BIG steps in the right direction, and to start right now. The sooner the better.
Unload your baggage, and get ready for a fresh start. You probably don’t realize how heavy this load has been, but you will once you lay it down.
Jesus said in – Matthew 11:28–30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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We hope that this article on unloading your baggage has been helpful to you.