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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
It was by no accident that this passage found me. I am a person who likes to have control over situations, know how I am going to approach something, accomplish the task at hand, “fix” the mistake and make everything better again. However this passages tells us to cast off the fears and challenges that we face throughout our lives and not to allow them to “hinder” us or beat us down as I so often had allowed them to. We are freed by the grace of God. For just as this passage suggests, we are loved so much that Jesus took our sins and imperfections, our mistakes and our wrong doings and gave us a second chance.
As a runner, I often find my mind racing during a run. I think about things that need to get done, schedules, work, etc. etc. etc. Then there are certain times when I feel as though I could keep on going and going! Yet just a few minutes later I find myself coming back to prayer to guide and comfort me during the trying parts of my run because there are times that I feel much weaker as I make my way back home. Through all of this, God is always there. So as we run this marathon of life, we need to remember that the obstacles we face are not faced alone. God is with us all the way and we need to focus on the Lord and have faith that he will see us through, better yet, that he will be running right beside us carrying our burdens for us!
Dear Lord, please help us to open our hearts and release our fears, our short-comings, and our sins so that we can be closer to you Lord. We need to remember that you are always with us and will never leave our side. Help use to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”. By doing so we will truly know the joy and the love that come through Christ our Savior. Amen