"...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, scoring its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God"
Hebrews 12: 1-2
Ever watch the Tour De France time-trial or Michael Phelps during an Olympic swim competition? What do they have in common?? Aerodynamics. Let me explain; the odd shaped helmet of a cyclist trying to get the best time possible, or the swim cap that a top swimmer wears to ensure nothing decreases their time by even 1 one-hundredth of a second. These are 2 examples of athletes that take every opportunity to strip away EVERYTHING that could possibly stand in their way of performing at their absolute best, even minimizing the effect that air, or the hairs on their head, could have.
In our journey, God calls us to throw off EVERYTHING that hinders our ability to run the race. It's more difficult now than ever before; our world is filled with the coolest iPhones, flat screen TVs that practically make sitting in your living room a better experience than at the 50-yd line, or Sirius XM; no need to even drive your car without the latest music, news updates, or comedians.
So, what am I talking about here? I'm talking about getting Aerodynamic in your walk. One of my favorite quotes, if Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy, is a great reminder that when you're distracted with everything not God then you don't have any time for God .
Like a cyclists helmet or the swim cap of an Olympian, I encourage you, today, to find hurdles in your life that trip you up while you're running the race God has placed before you.
Father, we love you and we love growing closer to you every day. Give us the wisdom to recognize the things in our life that take us away from you and the strength to throw out that which hinders us from running the race. We know that you are all that we need. We thank you for our brothers and sisters and pray for them to grow in the fruits of your blessings. In your son's name, Amen.