This morning I had a training run scheduled for before work. When I woke up at 5 am I did not want to go….you see my runs lately have been horrible! From shoe issues to humidity to lack of mental motivation I’ve been struggling to finish each run well. Yet today, I got out on the track and ran and it was PERFECT! The temperature was 55 degrees, the humidity was barley 50%, the dew point was 32 and there was even a nice cool breeze. I needed this run. I needed the hinderances of the past few weeks to melt away and I needed to finish a solid run and not feel like I swam through mud to do it.
Some days my spirit feels like it’s swimming through mud because of all that stuff that pulls my attention. The hinderances of everyday tasks cut in on my path and cause me to get distracted and lose sight of the finish line. When days like that occur I return over and over to Hebrews 12.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
I love this passage of scripture and it has been inspiring my observation of Lent. Lent, the time of decreasing self and increasing Christ’s place in our lives. During this time the Spirit has been inviting me to think more deeply about the excesses of life and how all of those things draw my attention away from Christ. Today, I invite you to let these words settle in your mind and heart. Reflect with me on “throwing off everything that hinders”…..
Phones ring, beep or alert us to a text with a sound like R2D2.
TV’s run as background noise.
People need your attention, your prayers, and your support.
Family needs, Church needs, Leadership needs.
Our days are filled to the brim with activities, to do lists and stuff; so much so that we may not make time for the One who matters most. The One, who isn’t just a check box on today’s list-but is truly the reason we do all that we are doing. It can be so easy to fill our day with stuff yet today the Spirit is inviting us to throw off all that stuff!
We’re not talking about sin here…that conversation can wait for a day….Pastor when was the last time you evaluated if the “good” activities were actually the “best” activities.
Have you stopped for a few moments to let God reveal to you the “everything” that has slowly encroached onto your path? Don’t wait for tomorrow to evaluate what is hindering you.
The invitation today is to sit with Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, and let him show you the stuff that’s collected in your life. As you focus on Him, do the work of throwing off the hinderances.
Turn off the beeping phone for an hour, close the computer and open your ears to listen.
Maybe the Lord will whisper about a meeting or an activity that is hindering you from running at full speed. Maybe there’s a relationship with needs less attention or a hobby that isn’t the best use of time. Whatever the Spirit reveals….I encourage you to throw it off recognizing that your race will be better for it!