There is something about old suitcases that just draw us in. They could be on display at an antique store or being used, no matter what, they always seem to get our attention. So often we want to know the stories of their travels through the generations. It was not that long ago that trips took great planning, and the mode of transportation was on rough dirt roads as the horse-drawn buggies pulled both passengers and luggage to their destination.
Today we have it much easier. A trip can be planned on the spur of the moment and still be enjoyable. We can check destinations, weather, activities, and so much more on our smart phones. Everything we need is instantly at our fingertips.
As I write this I gaze at the old suitcases decorating my hallway. These old suitcases moved my family long ago. Yet, I am reminded that suitcases can also symbolize much more than just travel, they represent the change in our lives. For many of us change is difficult, we would rather hold on tight then let go and take the risk.
Today our lives are constantly in motion. Yet when it comes time for a change do we know it is time to move on? Often times we remain where we are in our lives simply because it is comfortable. Does it feel safer to avoid risk? Perhaps we have a new idea but fear it may not work, so we stay quiet. We wonder how much of an impact we alone can have. So we remain just as we are. The road of change feels different. Being safe feels better. Less risk is easier. So we do nothing.
I love the story of Moses. A man who stuttered, yet led the people out of Egypt. An everyday man who was willing to be obedient. He traveled. He led. It meant big change and it was risky. He was willing to step out, accept the risk and see what happened. Our history books are filled with everyday people who have been willing to do the same.
How about you? The suitcase is just the reminder. You may already know if it is time for a change. Deep down you know. A career change? Finding purpose in your life? A relationship? Reaching out to another? Perhaps, you have found it easier to stay put. To keep the suitcases all stacked up nice and neat just like I have in my hallway. They look good, but are serving no real purpose.
What will you do? Living a life with intention is a life that searches and asks the question, what should I be doing differently? How can my life count? I like the reminder of the suitcases.
I want to be that everyday leader that is:
Willing to pick up and go
To move when necessary
To make a difference