Getting rid of that extra weight

Not all of us will have the advantage this year of having Jillian with The Biggest Loser on our case to motivate us to lose that extra weight we gained this winter. But we CAN begin to develop some consistent, healthy habits such as drinking lots of water, eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains, and moving our bodies much more to get fitter and healthier.  Yeah, yeah, we know the drill – we just need to DO it!

This afternoon when I went to the post office, I stopped by one of my favorite places in town to shop, What To Wear. It has the cutest clothes.  Then the reality of this winter’s gain of unwanted pounds hit me as I tried on different clothes! 

The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV), ” 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, 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. ”

What extra weights are you carrying around now that you need to leave at the cross with Jesus? 

  • Unforgiveness?
  • Anger?
  • Impatience?
  • Frustration?
  • Confusion?
  • Disappointment?
  • Hurt?
  • Worry?
  • Pride?
  • Fear?
  • Envy?
  • Loneliness?
  • Stress?

Whatever it is, God can help you to ligthen your load and to give you rest in His presence. Jesus wants us to “pack light,” so that we will be unencumbered for the journey of life.

He told his disciples in Luke 9:1-5 (The Message), “And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city. And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

Let’s work hard this year to “pack light” for the journey, laying aside every weight that would set us back from our dreams and goals, and from obeying God.

To hear more about traveling light this year, tune in here to my podcast, Pack Light.

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