READ:

"So let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us." — Hebrews 12:1

REFLECT:

Every time I run, I find myself very conscious of anything that impedes my motion. My phone, headphones, and clothes must all be in order before I set out or I'll have to stop and fix them halfway through. If I don't remove these hindrances, my run is much less effective.

This is the picture painted by the author of Hebrews. When you run a race, you don't want anything holding you back. You're willing to be ruthless with distractions. You will sacrifice the things that prevent you from crossing the finish line. This godly life — it's a race. So many of us are distracted by lesser pursuits. So many are weighed down with unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, and apathy. But Christ offers freedom from those burdens and promises to "renew our strength" for the road ahead. To run well, we have to first run to Him.

PRAY:

Lord, help me run this race with perseverance.

YOUR TURN:

What is weighing you down in your walk with God?