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.
Hebrews 12:1 (nkjv)
Who gets the gold?
I have been so amazed watching the Olympics. My favorite events have been the gymnastics and, of course, watching Michael Phelps breaking the record for the most gold won in a single Olympics.
Ok, now you're gonna have to get in my head for this one, but an interesting thing I noticed while watching Phelps and his opponents as they raised their arms getting ready to dive in was that they had no armpit hair, or chest hair, or back hair. Nada. There wasn't a hairy one out there. I had heard that they shaved their legs--some friction thing--but it finally dawned on me that that wasn't the only place they shaved. And, being the 'curious George' that I am, I did the Ask Jeeves thing and found out some interesting information on the reasons for shaving.
In this particular article I read, there were 4 reasons given for shaving:
1. Surface area = Drag
2. Dead skin - comes off when shaving along with the hair.
3. Feel - supposedly makes one more sensitive in the water but probably more mentally invigorating.
4. Intimidation - could make an opponent nervous if you shaved and he didn't! (I got a kick out of that one!)
Now I know the above verse is talking about running, but I think 'weights that easily ensnare us' could be compared with the hair thing going on with swimmers, especially when we're talking 1/100 of a second, right?
What are some of the weights, if any, that hinder us from running our race? What's holding us back (drag)? Is there anything (dead skin) that we can shed so that we can stay focused on finishing? Are we in tune and sensitive (feel) to the Lord's guidance or direction for our race? And what about intimidation? Are we allowing intimidation tactics by our opponent(s) to slow us down i.e. peer pressure, accusation, fear from the enemy who's primary goal is to 'steal, kill, and destroy' (John 10 :10a)?
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galations 6:9)
Bring on the Nair, baby, I'm going for the GOLD!
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