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That Elephant...

As we prepare for the New Year I've been spending alot of time meditating on the past year (of course) and looking forward eagerly to what lies ahead. I always ask God for a word of focus for the New Year and an anchor verse to go with it. He never fails to provide and I love that what *I* think it should be and what *He* wants it to be are so different. LOL!

Today in service our pastor was teaching on Hebrews 12:1-3.

12 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Such great verses to meditate upon as we look to a fresh start! He was teaching on getting rid of the weights...those sins that hold us back.  He also spoke about the elephants in our lives. You know, those things in our lives that may have started out as good things but have since become large and overwhelming. They are like vacuums sucking the life and energy from us and our families.  Taking time away from the calling we are to be focused on.  Oftentimes, we may not even have the ability to see these *elephants* on our own. We may need the help of someone we trust to point it out to us, a good time to practice vulnerability and hard but so worth it!

So what about you? Got any elephants you need to remove from your life? Here's a list to help get you thinking:  sports, hobbies, friendships, ministry, work?? All good things that can easily overstep healthy boundaries and keep us from having the time and energy to run our race!

As a runner, I can tell you when my foot catches on an unseen root it can easily take me down. Ouch! Also, I've learned to run light. I don't weigh myself down with lots of clothes and extras. They just get in my way and slow me down, which I do not want! LOL!

I've got alot more meditating and praying to do. I want to be running my race strong and with perseverance, not stumbling and losing sight of my path. What about you??

 And because I love the imagery of this version:

 Discipline in a Long-Distance Race 12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!


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