“Rid All That Slows You Down”

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by Dona Hake

Just recently I heard a gentleman on the radio giving a testimonial of weight loss.  His plan to confront his eating temptation was effective and I found it interesting.  He had lost eighty pounds and he never felt better in his life.  Did he rid of all his food temptations?  Absolutely not!  He said there were many times he would walk into the kitchen and be tempted to eat wrong things.  He understood that he was winning and to give in to these temptations would set him back in his victory.  His solution…he laid eight ten pound bowling balls on the floor in the kitchen.  Whenever tempted he would walk over and begin to pick a few up and walk around.  He felt how it weighted him down and made him feel exhausted.   These bowling balls served as a reminder to him of what he took off and what he walked away from.

Hebrews 12:1

“So we must get rid of everything that slows us down,

especially the sin that just won’t let go.

And we must be determined to run

the race that is ahead of us.”

We are all in the race, and it is called God’s will and purposes for our life.   As individuals we all have weakness.  No matter what the weakness is, it will ultimately slow you down doing what you are here to do.  It is a good thing to remember that God desires that we identify our weaknesses and sins that weigh us down so that He can walk hand in hand with us toward victory.    Let us take hold of His help to bring down anything that hampers our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the will of God set before us!