Is there such a thing as good baggage?

For today’s episode, Heather sits down with Ike Miller and discusses the baggage that we experience in our past that sometimes impacts our present and future. But is it possible that seeing our parents parent, or do marriage, or live out their faith, can reveal to us how we can do things differently? Ike believes that his upbringing is what gave him the passion to pursue a different path for himself. What if some baggage can be good?

On today’s social toolkit, Heather discusses Elyse Meyers and her apparent social media break after being targeted by Operation Watermelon. Operation Watermelon is where a group of internet users target a single creator and try to take over their platform by commenting en masse on the tragedy impacting the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Elyse Meyers shutdown her TikTok with over 7 million followers, and many users suspect it is because she was targeted by this peer pressure tactic. Should influencers make statements on cultural issues? Heather discusses her thoughts on this and adds a tool to your social toolkit.

Guest Bio

Ike Miller is the founding and lead pastor of Bright City Church in Durham, North Carolina. Ike writes regularly about the intersection of theology and mental health. His newest book is titled Good Baggage.

Host Bio

Heather Thompson Day is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is the author of eight books, including I’ll See You Tomorrow and It’s Not Your Turn. Reach out to Heather on the social platform X at @HeatherTDay and on Instagram @heatherthompsonday. Receive Heather’s weekly inspirational email every Friday at 7 p.m. ET; sign up at