Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
I have come to realize I have weights that I was unaware of. I have things that hold me back or hold me down; things that draw me away from my focus on the Lord.
A few weeks ago I washed my cell phone and it could not be revived. I don’t have a fancy expensive phone so that is not the hard part. The hard part is that now I don’t have instant contact with the world. I have done battle with myself over the last several days. I want one thing but do I need it? I awoke two nights ago realizing my focus and wants had been pulling me away from the Lord and into the world. My wants are a weight; they are the sin that clings so closely.
I will get a new cell phone soon but until I do, I will seek to find balance between the instant connection it provides to the world around me and the true connection I need to the Lord. I seek to release the weights and sins that pull me down and away from the Lord. It is with this renewed focus that I am able to run with perseverance. I listen for the voices of the witnesses cheering me on and with that encouragement, I continue on.
I am sorry that something so trivial drew me away from my heart’s deepest desire, pleasing you. Help me keep things in perspective. Let the things I hold in my hand be tools for your kingdom, not tools of distraction and darkness. Guide me in the steps I take today and every day so that I stay true to the path and the race you have set before me. Open my ears to hear encouraging words strengthening me along the way. I run this race for you and your glory. Amen.