I am a thinker. I love finding depth in life. I love analyzing things.
My capacity for thinking can at times be more of a hindrance than a blessing. Why? When I dwell upon and analyze my shortcomings and failures, I fail to see the only One who can mend my life and bring healing.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
The implications of these verses are significant: Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Next, run with perseverance the race marked out for us and fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Notice that these verses do not call us to dwell on our sin and failures. Rather, they call us to abandon our sin at the foot of the cross and look upward, on the Healer. Jesus Christ is the only One who can mend our broken lives. He is the only One who can put the pieces back together. He is the only One who can bring freedom and redemption.