Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
I realized something while thinking about this scripture today… You never see a runner who runs carrying a weight. And you never see a runner who runs looking behind. Those two things are just not possible. Think about it. How difficult would that be to run carrying even a small two pound weight in each hand, or better yet how far could a runner run looking over his shoulder the whole time. Both instances would make a runner eventually stop running or fall. And yes, it is easier said than done, to lay down everything that weighs … But maybe instead of just dropping it, we hand it over to Christ, and leave it in his hands. His hands are certainly much larger hands to carry it, and only He really knows what to do with it anyway. And it frees the hands of the runners’ (us) too … Well … Run the race that is set before us. Our race. Not someone else’s, but our very own.