Scripture for Today: Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”
Tearing down the Christmas tree can pose some problems. No matter how hard I try or how careful I am, I always manage to get those strings of lights tangled up. Once I get them separated I put them in separate plastic bags. That way I am good to go for next year. There will be no tangling while stored in the dark attic!
Our verse tells us sin tangles. Its consequences complicate our lives. What looked innocent in the beginning makes a mess in the end. What seemed easy at first turns out to make everything hard later. When I try to sort out my own mess, things can become increasingly tangled. One bad decision affects another and then another.
Some consequences of our own sin can last a lifetime. But with the Lord there is complete forgiveness and there is hope. He teaches me and humbles me through my failures. I do not have to live life tangled up. By His grace I can continue the race. I can move forward, putting aside not only the practice of sinful habits but also the guilty memories.
As I look forward to this New Year, I am grateful for all the good things He has done for me. He has made it possible for me to move through life unencumbered. He has given me a cheering section in those men and women of faith in chapter 11. He has put me in a race, giving me a worthy goal in life; that of serving Him.
Happy running in 2015!