Beginning with an End in Mind
“Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 TLB
With water as the universal thirst quencher throughout history, sterility of the source is crucial. Many people have suffered from taking in filthy liquids – thus, filtration systems have played a vital role in our daily lives.
The author of Hebrews reminds us that aside from our sins, there are things that are not necessarily sinful, but hinder us from running the race. We frown at some goals we have not achieved. We stand still, wandering what could have been. Or we might daydream about our past victories, reliving them in our minds, forgetting to live for the moment.
Filters need constant cleaning for optimal function. Otherwise, it would tend do its job inefficiently, or worse, get broken. The year that passed brought many failures and defeats. As we move forward, let us not dwell on our mistakes and just learn from them. As for our victories, each day is a time to make new ones. To throw off is to no longer be affected by or to forget. Not by having a memory lapse – but by having new meaning from our previous experiences, for our living today.
Do not be trapped by self-pity from past failures and self-exaltation from previous achievements. Instead, clean those filters and allow God to make the waters flow freely.