“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.”
Let go of the things that weigh you down.
Practically, traveling light can allow us to go faster and farther. As you read this, I am somewhere in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado on a backpacking trip for seven days in the backcountry. While backpacking, every ounce matters for what is essential and what is not. Jesus may have wanted his disciples to go out far and wide, streamlined for the most efficient travel possible, because the mission is what mattered the most. Unnecessary things, like a second tunic, or a fresh change of clothes everyday on the trail, can slow us down and get us stuck. Just go. Get out there. Go!