Hebrews 12:1 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
When a runner takes his place at the starting line of the race, he is prepared. He wears light clothes and comfortable shoes that would help him run faster. You don’t see Usain Bolt trying to run a race while wearing a heavy overcoat, chunky boots, and a loaded backpack.
Too often we try to run this race called life with weights strapped to our backs. We let past sins weigh us down. We carefully pack anger, envy, bitterness and disappointments into our elegant backpacks and still try to run at the same pace. It’s no wonder that our spiritual walk seems slow and we’re making little progress. Too often we fall down, and wonder we’re not able move forward with ease.
Perhaps it’s time to put down your backpack. Unpack it and go through its contents with God. Allow Him to deal with your weakness, heal your hurt and wash away you bitterness. Unforgiveness, a messy past, and an anxious heart can prevent you from walking confidently into the future that God has in store for you. Let it go and start running in the freedom that God has purchased for you on the cross.