Saturday, October 22, 2016

31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes 2016 - 22: "Off"

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)


The Biggest Loser is one of my favorite TV shows.  A couple of things on the show stood out to me.  In one episode, trainer Bob Harper wanted to know what it felt like to be morbidly obese.  That year, he had a team player who weighed over 500 pounds.  In other seasons, the finalist had to participate in a challenge where they put all their weight back on.  As they completed different stages of the challenge, they were allowed to slowly take OFF the weight.

In both instances, putting on the weight was traumatic, they couldn't move or breathe well, and they were in pain.  As the weight came OFF, they felt light and free, moved faster, and breathed easier.

Sounds like life, doesn't it?

What is weighing you down?  Like me, is there physical weight slowing you down and stopping you from moving freely?  Also like me, are there mental weights taking a toll on your psyche--weighing you down in depression, bitterness, or anger?

If so, like the show's participants, get help to cast OFF that weight.


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