“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses:
- Let’s keep on stripping away every unnecessary weight
- The sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us
- Let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,” HEBREWS 12:1 AMP
One of my most consistent reminders to my family is, ‘people are always watching you. You never know who sees you, so make good choices.’ Personally, I’m always aware of that truth myself so I try to reflect what I stand for and believe in with every decision or choice I make in life. I’m always mindful that I represent Christ. It’s imperative if I’m Christ’s representative – I must conduct myself wisely, never wanting to leave unanswered questions in the minds of those who may be secretly observing me. Some people may say, ‘Who cares’, ‘let them watch’, ‘live your life to please yourself ‘, ‘who have time to watch you?’. These may be some of the remarks I would get from the odd individual. But, I still choose to live my life believing that I have witnesses that are observing me.
Have I ever disappointed some of my observers? Sure. ‘The match between Hunger VS Exhaustion.’ When I’m exhausted, I get agitated and short tempered. My responses at times when I am exhausted are completely opposite to my responses on a normal day in my life. The days that are challenging are those when I start really early and end very late at nights, void of breaks. I can handle being hungry a lot easier than being exhausted. I can become very emotional leading up to tears followed by complete silence. So yes, I had many times where my immediate witnesses may have been startled by my ‘I am exhausted’ moments.
In life, I have had my fair share of hurts, rejection, anger, bitterness, betrayal, deep rooted pain, heartbreaks, loneliness, and numerous failures, just to list a few. Living with pain as those listed above can become physically and emotionally unbearable. Living in an imperfect world with imperfect people in imperfect relationships are the quickest ways to pass on pain. Many times in dealing with my pain, my immaturity and frustrations overflowed into the lives of those closest to me. Did my life reflect the Christ in me? Absolutely not!
🌺🌺🌺🌺Now that I have exposed my weaknesses to the world, there must be a recovery moment to bring home my point. I’ve become all things to all people so that someone can begin to trust Jesus in their weaknesses.🌺🌺🌺🌺
Reality Check Point: No one can escape picking up dead weight of wounds, losses, pain, bitterness, and frustrations, etc. Pain has a unique way of clinging itself on to you like static caught in the fiber of your garments. I refer to awful life’s experiences as ‘Dead weight’. Everyday we live – negativity, insecurities, and hatred follow us around like our very own shadows. So, how do we cope with these nuisances of life? Here’s a great starting point – Negative thoughts and memories serves no purpose. It’s toxic and dangerous to our health whether you were right or wronged. So get rid of negative thoughts and painful memories now!
Carrying around ‘Dead weight’ over any period of time can negatively affect your health – migraines, excruciating back pain, depression, mental disorders, chronic sleeplessness, acute respiratory infections, acute stress disorders, and numerous other sicknesses. A person walks around with the ‘dead weight’ of years of negative thoughts and memories only to be diagnosed later on with any or all of the unwanted symptoms of the sicknesses noted above.
The enemy’s trick is to let you feel that you are the victim and the guilty person must NOT go free. But, it’s actually you the victim who is being punished by your own actions of carrying around ‘dead weight’ of bad stuff . So clearly, we’ve been tricked into not wanting to free ourselves from walking around with the ‘dead weight’ of life’s injustices. Let’s stop and reflect on what was gained by our decision to remain victimized. Nothing. Instead, we would have lost years of happiness, enjoying great health, moving closer to our destiny, helping someone out of their misery, starting a new relationship, and becoming a champion from Victim to Strength.
Reflect on your current age, and ask yourself what have you done to release the ‘dead weight’ of negative memories and negative people? Has holding on to those years of being a victim of someone else’s injustice bought you any pleasure? Reminding yourself and others of rehearsed injustices, family drama and personal failures bought you anywhere closer to walking in freedom? Refusing to forgive your ‘ex’ for the deep rooted hurts made you a better person or a bitter person? I’m sure the answer would be – bitter person. Then, why are you walking around with file copies of the past pain ?
Whatever age or stage we are at right now, the day will come pretty quickly when our final curtain would be drawn and our life will be over. What’s going to sustain you if you happen to spend your final year/month/week/day/hour/minutes lying on a hospital bed? Those negative thoughts, and memories must go now! They serve absolutely no purpose. Whether it was a parent, a relative, a boss, an ex coworker, a pastor, a doctor etc. Chances are some of us have carried them for over 30 + years or more. Decide today – no more. The choices are always made by us, and the consequences are always felt by us.
🔨🔨🔨🔨 Let’s keep stripping away every unnecessary weight. Get rid of ‘the’ sin that easily and cleverly entangles us. Let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is SET before us. The curtains are being drawn every day in our lives.🔨🔨🔨🔨
I’m certain there’s more left to enjoy in your bucket list. So spend some time accomplishing the things you only dreamt about so far.
Live well, eat well, sleep well. Laugh heartly without being apologetic. You have shut up these great traits for way too long.
Love all, because they are all not coming over to your house anyway. When those who know what you went through, they will be amazed by who they see you have become.
God’s grace is available for anyone who needs it. We cannot do anything without God’s help.