As an avid walker, I am aware of the ups and downs of the journey that come with the territory. There are times that I walk several miles a day — for months at a time. And then there are times, that I “fall off” because of unexpected circumstances, a busier schedule, colder weather, etc. And when I “fall off,” I know that I can always go back to that track, park, or trail that is waiting for me to “return home” in order to stay the course of my journey. Because when I let go of my apprehension of “returning” and my perceived failures, I am able to see and experience clearly just how beneficial walking is in every part of my life — physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, socially, etc.
Similarly speaking, we (all of us) will encounter times in our lives when we are “running for Jesus” and then the reality of sin, a crisis, a discouraging moment, a challenging transition, or hardship threatens to interfere with our faith journey. We may avoid prayer, separate ourselves from godly company, turn to things that don’t bring true fulfillment, or distance ourselves from God all-together. Still, we can always “return home” in order to enter the arms of a loving God who loves us unconditionally. It’s in the letting go that we are able to see God grow and mature us as we experience a deeper sense of the peace that comes with being attached to the things that are in true alignment with His plans for us.
What do you believe God is asking you to let go of at the moment?
“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…” – Hebrews 12:1
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