"Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne." Hebrews 12:1-2My heart is very heavy this morning. I looked at a friends page on facebook to see that a few days ago she lost her older brother in a helicopter accident...this didn't happen overseas, it happened in Mid-America, The Heart Land, the Show-Me State: Missouri. Her brother was a veteran of our Armed Services, currently working as a medic on a helicopter.
As I read through the wonderful comments on her wall, I began to realize how quickly we get wrapped up in the daily weights of this life. Not everything we pick up is sin, but much of what we pick up are weights that weigh us down as we strive to run this race of the Christian life.
This past Wednesday, I began co-teaching the young ladies Girls in Action (GA) class at church...and Hebrews 12:2 was our key verse. Ms. Rachel had set up an obstacle course for each of the girls to go through, but there was a trick...they had to lay aside all weights (flip flops, necklaces, glasses, etc) that may slow them down along their race through the obstacle. These 'weights' were not bad things, but they were items that could potenially hinder their completion of the race. Then, they had to do the race as a team. There were 2 girls to go through the race, and they had to work together for opitimal performance. This was tricky for a few of them, because they were very independent and their first instincts were to do it themselves. God calls us to run this race with others...remember above, the great cloud of witnesses...we are to encourage one another, help one another and spur one another on to continued endurance.
This brings us to the title of today's blog: In Light of Eternity...what am I doing today that matters In Light of Eternity? What am I teaching my children or friends on facebook by my actions and words In Light of Eternity? What weights am I choosing to keep that is hindering my walk or someone else's In Light of Eternity?
My hearts desire is to be a pure light for Christ, even when it is hard. Our upcoming Ladies Retreat is themed 'Beyond the Masquerade', originating from Julie Slattery's book: Beyond the Masquerade. This is a GREAT read, but let me warn you, it is a challenge. God is using many of the principles in that book to make me more transparent for Him. Because there is a great cloud of witnesses around me. What I do and say affects many more than just myself. Getting out from behind my mask and revealing my heart is a scarey thing, but it is what He is calling me to do. I will pray for you as He speaks to you through this as well.
Evaluate your life right now...what weights or sins do you have in your life right now that is hindering your impact on eternity? Eternity may only be a minute, hour or day away...'no man knows the hour'. We need to make everyone of them count for Him. Run the race with endurance, keep your eyes on Jesus...He will show you the way!
Have a blessed day!