I am a bag lady.
I have a bag for my coupons, my Bible Study bag, a laptop bag, a gym bag, a donation bag, a we’re-going-to-watch-a-ball-game-and-I-need-entertainment-for-my-kids bag, a library bag, an emergency-snack bag . . .
and, then of course there’s my purse.
My kids also have their bags. They have bookbags and soccer bags, gymnastics bags, a gym clothes bag, their lunch bags, and even a special bag for drumsticks.
Our loads of bags sometimes seem to take over every nook and cranny in our home. (However, as I’m thinking about it, it seems my husband has no bags . . . hmph.)
Some days those bags get too heavy to carry, for both myself and my family. There’s not always enough time to clip coupons from the coupon bag, dig through the Bible Study bag, pick up extra donations for the donation bag, and haul eighteen bags around with my kids to each event.
As we race between soccer and gymnastics and band practice I sometimes wonder “Why are we doing this?” And yet, we wake up again the next day and we all pick up our bags again.
Jackson, now 15, way back in 2011 taking our donation bag to church. I thought he was so big then!
But most of these bags are here for such a short season.
In just a few years the drumstick bag will be off at college.
The gymnastics bag may be stuffed under the bed.
And those soccer bags might just end up at our local Goodwill.
For everything there is a season.
(This hurts more than a wee bit to even type.)
If you’re feeling overwhelmed today by the bags that you carry, know that it’s okay to leave a bag by the wayside for a small portion of your life. If you can’t clip every coupon, donate to every charity, and read every library book it’s really okay. (I promise!)
Sweet mommas, most of these bags just aren’t gonna last.
Embrace what you have, with who you have it, right here, right now, today.
Take a deep breath, gather up those bags, and focus on your favorites as you race them around town today. These bags won’t last, but who knows what new (cute?) bags we might pick up along the way.
(When these bags all head out the door, I’m thinking I’ll pick up a Kate Spade suitcase bag alongside a passport to just about wherever. Anyone with me?)
Leave a comment to share your thoughts if you feel life fleeting way too fast too . . . I love hearing from you!