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Do you ever feel as if your life has gone a bit off course? Maybe you were making your way just fine, but all of a sudden, you weren't sure which way to turn. Now and again, all of us face circumstances when our spiritual sense of direction seems unclear. Fortunately, though, Hebrews 12:1-3 lays out a clear plan for getting back on track after we've made some missteps.
First, we're to "lay aside every encumbrance." Here, encumbrance literally means "weight." In other words, we should remove anything from our life that is weighing us down. Stress, guilt, fear, shame, and regret are just a few of the burdens that can break our backs as we strive to move forward in the Lord. We will simply never go far when we're dragging around so much baggage.
Second, we are to lay aside "the sin which so easily entangles us." Have you ever felt completely powerless because of your sin? When left unattended, it grows like a wild vine. Sin may start small but can completely overtake you unless it's rooted out early.
Third, we are to "run with endurance the race that is set before us." That means we should stay focused, and if we fall, get back up and carry on. With the determination of an Olympic athlete, we press on with our eyes on the goal, despite the obstacles and distractions.
Even when we feel lost, we can be sure God has a specific plan for our life. He knows where we've been, He knows where we are, and He knows where we're going. The course has been laid before us, and Jesus stands waiting at the finish line.
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