I quite enjoy trash TV. I probably shouldn’t admit this but I have recently found myself watching a programme called ‘Baggage’. Presented by Gok Wan, this utter trash of a programme is rather entertaining after a long days work.
Following the campest ever entrance of Gok and his 6 air hostesses, the show begins.
A single man or women meets 3 singles of the opposite sex who all have ‘baggage’ – This is usually along the lines of ‘I will never speak to you in public’, ‘I often date people for money’ or perhaps, ‘I have mould growing on my feet’ or something similar.
Their baggage is printed on signs that are carried on in suitcases and revealed throughout the show. They have several rounds titled ‘blind baggage’, ‘surprise baggage’, and ‘big baggage’. Of course, they get worse as you go through.
The man or women who is looking for ‘love’ has to eliminate 2 of the 3 girls by deciding which baggage he simply cannot cope with. Sometimes they know which baggage belongs to which person and sometimes they don’t.
Eventually one man and one woman are left and the seeker turns round whilst Gok reveals 2 bits of baggage about them. One is true and the other is completely made up – The chosen girl / guy then has to decide which one is true. If it’s correct then they win a holiday together. If wrong then all is lost.
I know what you are thinking! You are desperate to watch it…or not.
Whilst the programme might be utter trash, Gok does have a point when he says ‘everyone’s got a bit of baggage!’
It’s not a great topic to talk about and often quite embarrassing, but if we are honest, we all go through life with stuff that weighs us down, wraps us in guilt and fear. Stuff that we know we shouldn’t have done or continue to do. Addictive behavior and habits that eventually lead to a breakdown.
In biblical times, the way to be forgiven by God was to sacrifice an animal. Bearing in mind their animals were used as food and so to sacrifice your pet lamb or cow meant a lot more! It meant you possibly went hungry! God made the ultimate sacrifice of his son on the cross in order that we might be able to have a friendship with him. The bible says; “Look, it’s Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin (baggage) of the world!
When we eventually stand in the line to meet God face to face, our baggage will have been removed. Jesus has taken it on the cross. I’m no longer weighed down by my baggage. Instead, I’m moving forward with God on my side.
Let me remind you of the words of an awesome song that we all know.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
Why not get your baggage removed through Jesus Christ who takes away the sin (baggage) of the world. Hand him yours, he’s willing to take it.
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