Are you weighted down?

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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.

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