Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Step Away From The Weights

Occasionally, I've been know to exercise...okay...fine--rarely, if ever do I exercise. 

On the few occasions that I've endeavored to be healthy, my exercise of choice was walking.  However in the past, I've dabbled in water aerobics, floor exercises, biking and lifting light weights. 

Weights can be an excellent way to enhance your fitness.     Weights build muscle and have the potential to make a person stronger.  (So I'm told.)  Funny thing about me and weights--when they get too heavy, I lay them down.

Actually, carrying weights too long can cause damage to your body.  This could ruin future work outs or cause the weight-lifter to quit.  I know this for a fact.  After three weeks of physical therapy, I learned my lesson.  The human body has a way of telling the exerciser...enough-already...step away from the weights

Our spiritual body has a similar reaction to "weights."  Sometimes "weights" can serve as a perfecting tool. In James 1:2-4 the Living Bible says this...

 ...is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy,  
 for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. 
   So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems
For when your patience is finally in full bloom,
then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.

But other times we carry "weights" that we are not meant to carry.  And for whatever reason, we refuse to lay them down. 

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV) says this...


 ...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.

It's your choice.  You can chose to keep carrying those "weights."  You know the ones; past pains, hurts, sin, unforgiveness, anger...or you can step away from the weights and look to Jesus.

Jesus will only take the "weights" if we lay them down.


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