“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1,2
Every day we are all running a race whether we realize it or not. Our race can be our job, our family, our goals, our talents, our service to others. The list seriously could go on. We, as women, fill our days up so full that our daily race can start to become heavy. Difficult. Lonely. We can easily get caught up in constantly trying to keep up with someone else.
You know how you can reread a passage in the Bible several times and each time gain a new meaning from it? This happened to me the other day while I was reading Hebrews 12. These verses have always been one of my favorites in the Bible. It reminds us to always “run the race set before us”. We should do everything for God’s glory. We should always be striving to give every “race” our all. That’s what God tells us to do anyways.
The part that really stood out to me the other day was “let us lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely”.
As I really thought on those words, I wondered what hinders us from running our race? What keeps us from being able to give it our all and bring glory to God? I don’t know about you but my life sometimes can seem far from glorious to God.
It’s sin. It’s stress. It’s health problems. It’s depression. It’s anxiety. It’s guilt. It’s a lack of self-love and appreciation. It’s financial struggles. It’s marital problems. It’s problems at work. It’s comparison. It’s jealousy. It’s discontentment. It’s whatever keeps us from having joy in our daily lives. These things weigh us down.
Imagine going for a run or a walk and having to carry an extra 30 lbs. That would make your run so much more difficult. Wouldn’t it? That is the same way that sin and stress affect our lives. It clings to us. It makes us believe that we aren’t worthy, that we can’t live freely, and that we aren’t enough. Sin makes us think that we aren’t capable of sharing His love and word to others.
If we let go of that sin and embrace God’s mercy and grace, we can run with endurance the race set before us. Christ came to free us from our burdens of our everyday life and from the heavy burden of sin. These verses have been replaying over and over in my mind here lately in Matthew 11:28-30,
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
How can we overcome the sin and weight that we are carrying? For one sister, stop believing Satan’s lies that you aren’t good enough and that you aren’t capable of receiving God’s mercy and forgiveness. Every single soul is worthy enough to Jesus. Secondly, take that extra weight you are carrying and give it to God through prayer. I hope today that you bring whatever it is you are going through to Jesus. Let him take care of it and choose today to run your race with joy.
Guest post by Paige Truett, friend and fellow new mama. Paige is proud to call herself a Child of God, wife to Caleb, and mommy to Ella. She works as a nurse in a labor and delivery unit. She loves spending time at home with her little family, baking healthier treats and all things fitness. Read more from her here.