Following Jesus, fulfilling His mission

Summer Baggage – flourishing in the mind of the Creator

There’s a sense where we all carry similar emotional baggage into each new day and each new year.

– reducing our joy, our capacity to love or be loved, impacting our relationships & affecting our emotional, physical, & spiritual health.

Reducing our capacity to flourish.

Hebrews 12:1–2 (NLT) 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

When I use word flourish what images or words come to mind? Anyone have a tree planted by a stream?

Psalm 1 (ESV) 1 Blessed is the [person] who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. 3 They are like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.