In recent blog posts, we’ve been discussing what emotional baggage is, the many causes to it, and how it impacts our lives. In this post, I want to talk about how to confront, unpack, and remove baggage from your life. Knowing you have excess emotional baggage is only half the battle to living a healthy, free life.
Here’s the hard truth: you cannot conquer what you won’t confront. Part of the reason we stay stuck in the past, overwhelmed by our excess baggage, is because we won’t confront it. The different between victims and victors is what you’re willing to address and be honest about. When you hide from, run from, and ignore your baggage, it will forever define your life, and you will be a victim. But when you face it—that’s when you go from being a victim to a victor.
Why do we avoid our baggage? Part of it is the culture we live in. We assume, because of the facades and facets of life that others present to us. That what attracts people to us—is the image that we have it all together. And so we break our necks trying to portray this image—in person, on social media, and any place we can. We think that what attracts people is this image that we’ve never been through anything—that we’ve never made any mistakes—that we’ve always had it together.
However, God is more concerned with what’s happening in you than what’s happening to you! In 2 Corinthians 4:16, the apostle Paul says, “Therefore, we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly, we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
The real anointed people are the people that have been through things, and come out on the other side better than they were when they went through it. It is not about what happened to you. It’s about what’s happening in you. Once you believe that God will work everything out for your good and His glory, you’ll have the courage you need to confront anything and everything that’s standing in the way of that…including your unpacked emotional baggage.