What We Leave Behind
Jaime Wyrtzen Lauze´
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1 and 2 (NASB)
Just as we cannot drive forward by looking in our rear view mirror, we cannot live meaningfully if we are consumed by the past.
I knew at age 11 that God called me to the ministry. But I got distracted. It took me years to get focused. While they were not wasted years, I let people and situations hold me back. I let fear of hurting other people’s feelings keep me from walking out on the stage God set for me. We are about to enter a New Year. We hear about adding things to our lives: exercise, healthy food, new hobbies… But what do we need to leave behind in the old year? Is God tugging at your heart? What has He been leading you to give up? Dead weight can come in all sorts of forms: a house that’s too big, a bad attitude, other people’s expectations, friendships that discourage me from obeying God… The list can go on and on.
Jesus left behind Heaven for us. His love led Him to the cross. This New Year, let’s embrace that resurrection power that brought Jesus back life to empower us to let go of the baggage that is keeping us from running the race.
Show me what I need to leave behind. Empower me to release these things with grace, faith, and love. Help me to walk forward into what You have called me to do.
In Jesus Precious Name
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Originally published Tuesday, 29 December 2015.