In the middle of the preacher's sermon this morning, a jogger carring a heavy backpack interrupted the sermon complaining that he was trying to run the race that God had assigned him to run, but was finding it hard to do so. He said he gets up in the morning with so much enthusiasm, and he starts running. But soon, he gets tired and worn out and he just cant run as effectively as he wishes he could.
In trying to find an answer to this problem, the preacher made him take off his backpack to see what he was carrying with him....then one by one, he pulled things out of the backpack.
His cell phone, computer, e-mail, extra hours at the office, extra servings of ice cream, golfing every weekend, attending every college football game, four hours of TV each day, having the most expensive car in the parking lot.... he went on and on pulling things out of the backpack, which made the back pack lighter and lighter and easier to run with.
The point was clear. We cant effectively run the race that God has assigned for us to run when we are so distracted and weighed down by other things, not bad things, but things God did not assign us to do.
Then came the challenge.... Pick one thing that is taking up a lot of your time and lay it down for one week.
This week, I am laying down the computer (except for business and Women's Ministry use). No blog, no personal e-mail, no shopping.... no reading the daily updates of The Young and The Restless.
Instead, I am going to spend more time in the word and I am going to have the happiest dog in town by walking him extra laps around the block, and I am going to make home made bread to bring to a sick friend for dinner... OK .... maybe not the home-made bread part.
See you next week!
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 (New Living Translation)