Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

How can you move when they’re weighing you down
What can you do when you’re tied to the ground, yeah
You carry your burdens, heavy like gravity
Just let them go now, there’s freedom in release

 

You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases
It’s a new day throw away your mistakes and open up your heart
Lay down your guard, you don’t have to be afraid

 

Just breathe, your load can be lifted

There’s a better way when you know you’re forgiven
Open up your heart, lay down your guard
You don’t have to be afraid

 

Can you imagine what it’s like to be free

Well, send those bags packing, they’re not what you need
Abandon your troubles on the side of the street
Just let them go now, believe me

 

You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases
It’s a new day throw away your mistakes and open up your heart
Lay down your guard, you don’t have to be afraid

 

Just breathe, your load can be lifted

There’s a better way when you know you’re forgiven
Open up your heart, lay down your guard
You don’t have to be afraid

 

There’s nothing hold you back now, just run

 

You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases
It’s a new day throw away your mistakes and open up your heart
Lay down your guard, you don’t have to be afraid

 

Just breathe, your load can be lifted
There’s a better way when you know you’re forgiven
Open up your heart, lay down your guard
You don’t have to be
You don’t have to be afraid

TID-bits

  • (INSIPRED BY BILL LURWICK AT KJIL)
  • Remember Kevin Costner at the beginning of Dances With Wolves?
  • He was a injured Civil War soldier about to lose his leg
  • That wasn't acceptable to him, instead he decided to mount his horse and go riding in front of the enemy, hands off the reins, high in the air.
  • He survives and motivates a defeat of the enemy.
  • It's often in the times of great surrender that we have the greatest victories
  • Maybe you're at that point today
  • Throw up your hands.
  • Let go
  • And listen to this song...

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  • Think about this:   Someone wrongs you and how do you react?
  • Probably the way you’ve always reacted.
  • Maybe in anger and outrage - blurting out words that hurt.
  • Maybe in self pity, thinking you’re unworthy anyway.   Thinking - oh well, I’m ALWAYS getting hurt.
  • These responses are not that positive, you know?
  • They’re emotional baggage.
  • You CAN change how you respond.
  • When you find yourself getting ready to react in the same way you’ve always reacted - stop.   Close your eyes.   Count to ten.   Gather your thoughts.   And then respond in a more positive way.

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  • So you have emotional baggage.
  • Thought about unpacking it and putting it away?
  • Because the rest of your family and friends keep tripping over it.

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  • So that emotional baggage your carrying is looking pretty old.   It’s beat up around the edges.   The zipper pulls have come off and parts are ripped - stuff is spilling out.
  • There’s something better to carry - forgiveness.
  • It’s like carrying a balloon instead of baggage.
  • And whenever you need to use it, you just pop it.

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  • There’s forgiveness, and then there the process of forgiving.
  • You can say you’ve forgiven someone, but are you to the point of wishing them well?
  • The process of forgiving will get you there.
  • As you move through the process you’ll find that thoughts of that person lead to peace, which is much lighter than the thoughts of dread you had of them before.

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  • Are you practicing sore spots or soft spots?
  • Sore spots need to be treated or they’ll become infected and grow.
  • The way to treat them is with forgiveness.
  • It’ll turn your sore spots into soft spots.
  • Spots that are tender to you.

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  • There was once an old old commercial about an ape with a piece of luggage.
  • Remember how he threw it around, how he tried to break it, and couldn’t?
  • Most gorilla habitats I’ve seen have toys in them and the apes never seem to be playing with them.
  • That’s how we should handle our emotional baggage.   Instead of throwing it around, just don’t play with it.

 

    Scripture References

    1 Corinthians 5:7

    “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

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    Matthew 11:30

    “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

     

    Your Own Experiences

    Who have you forgiven?   Remember how forgiving them has led to your spirit not feeling so heavy.

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    Think about a time you had to run to catch a plane and how much easier it would have been if you didn’t have a carry on (even if it did have wheels)

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    When did you or your child have a helium balloon that was accidentally let go?   Talk about how there was no getting it back.   Was it painful at the time to see it go?   Did you get over it?   Compare that in your mind to forgiving another person.

     

3 Responses so far.

  1. Jon Hull says:

    “Carrying a balloon instead of baggage.” That’s a visual that really connects! Also, loved the “if were were an airline, we’d have to charge you for the next song…”

    Really good stuff.

  2. blurwick says:

    It’s like driving a horse and buggy.

    You’ve got the reigns in your hands to control those horses, and you let go and throw your hands up in the air, and let go of control.

    Surrender.

    Like saying to God, “I’m throwing my hands up in the air God, I don’t know what to do. You take control”

    • Sterling Tarrant says:

      Thanks, Bill! I keep picturing Kevin Costner in “Dances With Wolves” – letting go of the horse, hands up in the air, while the bullets are whizzing by him. Mind if I make that slight change?

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