You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
Recently, I purchase a new pair of athletic shoes as my old ones are wearing out. When I try them on, I realize immediately the comfort and support I'd been missing in all my steps on the treadmill! Soft, lightweight, and just plain cute, I'm enamored with them.
But there is one problem . . .
The laces are prone to untie themselves. I kid you not! It's only slightly aggravating when it happens as I'm tending to chores around the house or shopping for groceries. But when it happens on the treadmill? Now that's just downright exasperating!
After all, I'm
And as I repair the damage and get back to my workout, I have a thought. My errant shoelaces force me to literally stop in my tracks. They are distractions, for sure. But what other distractions am I allowing into my day that steer me away from a closer walk with God? The ones that cut in on me and cause me to veer away from the truth?
Needless to say, I have much to ponder as I cover another mile on the treadmill.
And though I could double-knot the laces to keep them from becoming unraveled, I decide not to. Why? Because when I pause to address this issue, I am reminded to assess where I am in that moment. How has my day's race been so far? What is God calling me to do? Am I still on the right path, or have I strayed from His will in what I'm thinking, feeling, and yes, even praying?
So go right ahead, delinquent shoestrings. Untie yourselves any time you see fit.
Especially, when I need to reevaluate my direction in this good race God wills me to run.
How do you handle distractions in your life?
Prayer: Father, when we become distracted by the things of this world, help us to refocus on You and Your will for us. Let us obey Your truth, and faithfully run the good race You have set before us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.