Jesus Blog: Just Carry an Empty Bag

mary-poppins-carpet-bag More today from Susan Cottrell’s “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you…

Remember Mary Poppins? She arrived as a nanny with a carpetbag, then pulled from it items that could not possibly have fit in it – a potted plant, a wall mirror, a hatstand, a lamp. She did this with calm confidence. She did not wonder whether the bag would work for her this time; she just pulled stuff out of it.

I want you to trust me like that.

Don’t try to pack your bag with everything you might possibly need — a bag of tricks, Bible verses you’ve memorized, answers to tough questions, or a smart reply for your detractors.

Just trust me. I will give you what you need in the moment. Your best answers come from me, not from you.

Don’t forget that you live in a culture enslaved to the right answer. But for all the increased knowledge and Bible learned, have people become more compassionate, more loving, more helpful to the wounded?

Just follow me. And bring an empty bag.

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SUSAN COTTRELL is a national speaker, teacher, and counselor with years of Biblical study and discipleship experience. Her books include: Mom, I’m Gay – Loving Your LGBTQ Child Without Sacrificing Your Faithas well as How Not to Lose Your Teen and The Marriage Renovation. Through her nonprofit organization – – Susan champions the LGBTQ community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that “loving God and loving others” are the foundation of the rest of the scripture, just as Jesus said.

She is the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin, and her “Mom, I’m Gay” book has been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign and others. Sharon Groves, PhD, HRC’s Religion & Faith Program Director says, “I often get asked by parents for resources that can address the struggles of raising LGBT sons and daughters without having to leave faith behind. Susan Cottrell’s book, Mom, I’m Gay, does just that. This is the kind of book that parents will love.”

She and her husband have been married more than 25 years and have five children – one of whom is in the LGBTQ community. She lives in Austin, Texas, and blogs at and here in IMPACT Magazine’s FreedHearts and Jesus Blog columns.