Travel Light

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the advice to “travel light.” The reasoning is fairly obvious: less weighty baggage, ease in movement, fewer worries over possessions. Jesus understood the value of traveling light; that’s why He advised his disciples to do that (Mark 6:8-9). Beyond the physical benefits, there’s a spiritual dimension to traveling light—a lightness of being. We often speak of burdened people as having “excess baggage.” Like its physical counterpart, this kind of excess baggage is expensive. It comes in many forms, like painful memories, drugs, debt, broken relationships. Its cost is peace. Drop the unnecessary baggage at Jesus’s feet (Matthew 11:28-30). He knows what to do with it.