Are you weighted down?
I was able to encourage students. There were also times when I was able to warn students of things that they should steer clear from. But possibly more, were the times I had to praise students for making good decisions and working hard.
Personally, there were some gains with this position at the school. Possibly the greatest thing was the opportunity to build relationships with students, faculty and staff. There’s also some time that I can spend taking care of my real estate business.
The most unexpected thing that happened was that I gained more than ten pounds over the course of last year. Honestly, I thought that I would lose weight working at the school. I guess Mrs. Jolene Clements and her ladies are to blame. The lunch that they fixed every day was just too much. No, this isn’t the real reason I weigh more now than I ever have. The real reason is that I have slowed down a lot. I spend a lot more time sitting than I did in the past. The added weight only serves to slow me down and often leaves me winded.
Running the endurance race of faith also leaves us winded, when we carry spiritual weight that God never intended for us to carry. Hebrews 12:1-3 reads, “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, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Notice here, that the “weights” and the “sin” are two different things, and God is telling us that we need to lay aside both. The sin is when we act on the temptations that Satan places before us. The weights are worldly feelings that God’s children carry inadvisably; feelings like shame, fear, hopelessness and doubt. The only way we can truly lay aside these weights are for us to see ourselves the way God sees us; loved, adopted, forgiven and accepted. In other words, we need a fresh sense of the promise that God has declared over our lives; a promise that isn’t secured in who we are as much as in “whose” we are.
So when you feel weighted down, or winded, consider what you’re ingesting. The lies Satan wants you to believe always leave you with heartburn. The truth God’s word reveals always leaves you with renewed strength for your journey. Be Blessed.