Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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. –Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Keep It Light
It’s not unusual in Thailand to see bikes stacked high with people’s belongings. They are often loaded so high that it’s difficult to understand how they can even ride them. It’s hard to watch their riders struggle under their heavy load.
On the other hand, cyclists who compete in races do everything possible to lighten their load. The lightest bike to ever compete in the Tour De France was slightly under fifteen pounds. In a race to win, every ounce counts.
Picture in your mind the two polar opposites, what do you see? I see one struggling under a heavy load, while the other is flying down the highway driven by the wind. I see one struggling to do life their way, under their own strength, but never really getting anywhere. Finally, I see one who left behind excess baggage, lightened the load, and is determined to win the race.
We’re told to cast our cares upon the Lord, yet we continue to carry them. You’ll never win the race carrying your burdens. Lighten the load, cast your cares on the Father, and get in the race. You were created to soar with eagles, not to be a pack mule.
Cast your cares on the Lord, refuse to be moved by what you see. Focus on the finish line.
Drop the excess baggage and pray for the strength to never pick it up again.