“Throw off anything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1

God wants us to be happy and at peace. To be free of sins and to surround ourselves with goodness. When I was a little girl, we moved a lot and many of our things were tossed or given away to prepare for the move. Sometimes this happened while we were at school.  So, one day I decided to save a few things that I did not want to accidentally get into the throw out pile.  Especially my really favorite things, which wasn’t much, but they were mine. Like the small horse figurine my friend gave me for my birthday, the single record “Dancing Queen” and the pink brush that had soft bristles (that was a true find when you don’t like tangles). I was able to save these three things just before a move happened and all my things were tossed or given to Good Will while I was at school. I put them in a small backpack my grandmother gave me and hid them way under my bed, hoping no one would ever find them.

These were all good items that I cherished as a girl. When things went bad, I would pull them out, pop the record on the player and dance around while brushing my hair. Plop down on the floor and play with my little plastic horse, who always had a smile, even when I didn’t.

Later as I grew into my teens, the back pack started having new items, like a journal and pen. A book I loved called, “God it’s me Margaret” (did anyone else feel this book was a gift from God himself?) and a few other girlie items. Then later, my back pack now as an adult carries my laptop, a bag of assorted colored pens, a hair brush (yep!), mints and of course a bible! Oh, and a few many other essential things.

I also realizedas I got older that we carry another backpack (aka: baggage). One, none of us want to reveal the insides of…it contains things like;

  • Jealousy
  • Deceit
  • Selfishness
  • Betrayal
  • Judgement
  • Disparagement
  • Control
  • Fear
  • Lust

And many others to say the least.  This one is much harder to carry and weighs a lot. It can hold us captive, steal our joy and destroy relationships. It’s truly an evil backpack of sins. Inmany scriptures God provides teachings on what not to do; such as not to judge, not to steal, not to lie, even the little white lies are a sin. Yep, I looked that one up. One that really drives home for me and convicts many of us is disparagement-don’t talk badly about others. I used to be a young 20 something and had a few friends who were gossipers. You know the kind, nice to your face yet, as soon as you were no longer within earshot, they had something negative to say about you. In time, I found that this wasn’t really something I enjoyed listening to. The hurt it caused started to wear on my heart. I then realized the person it was hurting the most was the person gossiping. No one trusted her because they knew she would talk badly about them as soon as she had a chance to do so. She did it to me. ☹  Later I found this to still be true later in adult life. People still disparage one another. In friends or family relationships and even at work.  The one who looks the worse is the one who is doing it. I also found that the person who usually is doing this, is just a very lonely, sad and insecure person looking for attention. This could be a person whom you care for, yet they are not at peace from something that haunts them from their past. Or maybe this is you and you have not come to grips with your sin yet. Whether it is you or a friend, it is a sin and it carries much weight like the back pack we described. Let’s look at whether it is us or those we are acquainted with.  Take a step back and ask yourself, do you find ways to say something nice about people to others? Or do you find yourself sounding negative?  Or maybe you find yourself sucked into this when you are around certain people like this. Take a look at this backpack of yours and see how the contents are affecting you and how you treat others.

 “Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” Luke 6:37

Others…Mathew 7:1-5, Colossians 3:5, 1Peter 4:3 and many more.

If you come to realize you have been a “Negative Nelly or a “Nasty Nina” then, stop! Pray for God’s forgiveness and thank him that he provides grace in those moments. Ask the Holy spirit to control your mind, to let go of negative thoughts and to fill you with joy and peace. Or pray this for your friend. Then start each day trying to say something nice about someone to another person. Did you see how Lisa took over the sales numbers today, she crushed them, go Lisa! Also, compliment someone directly. “What a great blouse Rose, that color is fantastic on you!” or “Jenny, that presentation you gave for our quarterly meeting was well done.” This new behavior will spread, and before you know it, you will have everyone around you being more positive…even nasty Nina!

It’s time to throw that sinful backpack away! Tear it off, take it to God and leave that dirty thing at the cross!! Be free of the sin, be free of the evil that haunts you. Let Go and let God! Rise from this and become the best of yourself and you will see the peace and goodness come from you and the good things you do. Elevate one another girlfriends! Find the good in everyone and embrace it! Let’s all start a movement to Woman Up in our faith and our love for each other just as God has for us!

Woman to Woman:Say something nice to someone each day. Spread the positivity and love.

WoW (Words of Wisdom): strength of Restorative – Sisters (brothers), if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual, should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

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