Among the baggage (week 3)
5 Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy with flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and many tents. 6 But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds living so close together. 7 So disputes broke out between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. (At that time Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land.)
8 Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! 9 The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
Who are you traveling with?
What you decide to pack you will have to carry with you wherever you go.
they each had so much baggage, the land that was provided to them couldn’t hold the capacity of their baggage.
Lots baggage became Abrams and Abrams became lots.
Abrams wealth became lots wealth and Lots wealth became Abrams wealth. They were too Wealthy.
But the land was unable to support them as long as they stayed together.
as long as they stayed together, they would continue to build up and overflow. The land only had so many resources for them to survive off of.
7 and there was quarreling between the herdsmen of Abrams livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock.
Even though they were fighting on the outside with each other, they were fighting internally with what was on the inside of them.
Their fighting caused others to fight too. Their anger caused others to be angry too.
Abram wanted peace. Lot wanted wealth.
What you have in your baggage, is how you will react with those around you.
Anger fights Joy
Rejection fights acceptance
Fear fights confidence
Sometimes its not even those around us that we are fighitng. Its ourselves we are fighting with.
My own anger is fighting my own joy
My rejection is fighting acceptance
My fears are fighting truth.
Abram recognized the fighting. He recognized what it was doing to not only himself, but his nephew. He was willing to LET GO.
So Abram said, “we should separate”
Abram had enough sense to allow separation before bitterness, resentment , and jealousy became a part of him.
We would rather “deal” with what we have, than to let go of what we know we should?
Sometimes we have to be so felt up Iike Abram, open our eyes to what our baggage is doing to us internally and to our hearts that we have to say enough is enough.
Sometimes the people who are traveling aren’t meant to travel with you anymore.
Sometimes the people who are traveling with you causing you to carry excess baggage.
Sometimes it’s our own choices that creates heavy baggage.