Hebrews 12:1 - 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.
To walk forward and live life to the fullest we need to cut down the weeds around our ankles. Someone criticized you and dandelions started popping up around you. Someone said bad things about you to one of your friends and thorny leaves begin to collect on your socks and pants. Then you said something that you didn’t mean to and hurt someone else, and you watched as weeds began to grow between their toes and ankles. You wish you hadn’t said what hurt your friend, and like the long arms of an octopus, you find yourself being pulled down beneath the sea. Did you know that the stress and regrets we hold inside today can prevent us from enjoying the future God has for us tomorrow? The moment weeds begin to take hold of your ankles, drop to your knees and ask God for his forgiveness and for help to free yourself from what trips you up. And my friend, he will do it.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.