I went to Macy's this morning and bought my semi-annual load of shirts. Buying is not therapy for me, shopping does not bring me incredible pleasure. Malls make my skin start to break out in hives. Headaches. I twitch alot. You get the picture. It's not pretty.

So with only just a few days left while in the US, I decide that I will shop for 15 minutes and buy all the summer shirts I will need. One trip, one store, kinda minimize the damage.

Anyway, I buy under $100 of shirts and t-shirts, but that means 5 t-shirts and 2 polo shirts. This is where the problem kicks in - no room in the suitcase, so I will have to do some pretty quick shuffling and rearranging of the gear. Some stuff will not make the return trip, some will get stuffed in a duffle bag acquired just for this reason.

The picture that I envision is kinda what Paul is teaching in 2. Cor. 6:12 - You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.

The times in my life that following Jesus gets messy and complex - that is not a Jesus thing, that is me trying to shove more baggage into the case than it was designed for. Picking up things that are nice, but just get weighty. When I start to notice that I don't have the freedom I was experienced - that is 2. Cor. 6:12 - and that is not on someone else, that is all on me.

Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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