(Hebrews 12:1) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
I have read this scripture a thousand times and heard many messages preached about it. Today, one part of it really hit me and I wanted to share it with you! That one part, “let us strip off every weight that slows us down”, that line really got me! It goes on to say “especially the sin…”. That means that everything weighing us down may not be sin. That means there are probably some things that are not really bad that we need to let go of.
Have you ever met those people that seem to have it all together? Career, family, well taken care of home, they always look on point! These people fascinate me! I love them! Over the years of trying to be one of those people, I have figured one thing out; most of those people know exactly what they want their lives to be about! That means they have had to strip a LOT of things out of their lives. It can be a little difficult deciding what you want your life to be about, but it is extremely difficult to decide what you are willing to let go of so that you can do the things you really care about.
I am so bad about picking up tons of weights! They don’t look like weights when I pick them up. They are pretty, shiny, happy things that I think will bring joy to my life, and a lot of times they do. ( I just had a visual of “precious” in Lord of the Rings) They are rarely bad things, in fact they are usually great things. But, the fact remains that I end up weighted down. Over the years I have had to let go of a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff I liked and I was good at in order to focus on what God was calling me to do.
Even though I love being adventurous and trying new things, I have to learn not to let those things become weights. I know what I want my life to be about and every decision I make either supports or hinders that. I want to be settled in who I am and what my life is about, I want to have margin, and I want to help others do the same.
What is it that you need to strip off? Social media, too many hobbies, unhealthy relationships, too many social events, being a part of too many organizations? I don’t know what it is for you, but I pray through the power of the Holy Spirit you begin to know if you haven’t already what you want your life to be about. Also that you would be able to strip everything off that may be slowing you down from running your race!