“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” (Hebrews 12.1 NLT).
For several months my computer has been acting up. As I write, several pop-up emergency windows warn me that that something is seriously wrong. My emails are not connecting. My phone and computer are unable to communicate. My software runs slowly. And a handful of times I have even had to force shut down my computer.
Not only that, my desktop is a mess. I just finished my 13th book, so I have outlines, documents, edits and cover designs all scattered across my computer’s memory. I haven’t organized in a while, so I’m constantly searching for what I need.
I’ve worked under these conditions for some time now. I’ve been able to get everything done, but I know that I haven’t been working at my best. My computer had lots of drag time that was slowing me down. I didn’t want to waste time trying to fix everything because I more important things to do, like write books! But I knew I couldn’t ignore the unavoidable for long.
Finally, one morning, I said enough is enough. I sat down at my computer and for the next five hours, I updated, organized, fixed and cleaned my computer. It was frustrating at first because I’m not a computer tech, but little by little I was able to untangle the mess.
Once I was finished, my books were organized, my phone and computer connected, my computer software worked smoothly and I no longer had warning signs popping up, disrupting my work. When I began working on my 14th book, I couldn’t believe the ease. I was now working at 100% capacity, and I realized how much my work was slowed down by all the hinderances.
Paul says in Hebrews that we should “strip off every weight that slows us down” and “run with the endurance the race God has set before us.” Sometimes these “weights” can be huge hindrances that are like boulders in are path, and we have no choice to call others to help us remove them (doctors, counselors, teachers, etc.). However, most times these “weights” are seemingly small things that can build up over time. We may not even realize that we aren’t running at full capacity until it all crashes down around us.
King David wrote in Psalm 139:23: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
When we feel the stresses of this world dragging us down, and we know that there are some warning flags popping up in our spirit, it is time to let God search and know us. It does take time, and we may be very busy, but eternity is worth the effort. Life is too short on earth, and we shouldn’t live each day dragging weights that slow us down. We can achieve a greater peace and purpose if we take time to let God do some maintenance on the inside of us.
God can cut away our burdens and refocus our hearts, minds and spirits. Instead of letting all the burdens build up, it’s best to simply seek God every day, allowing Him to search us and pick out those hinderances before they start to effect “the race God has set before us.”
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12.2 NLT).
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