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Jettison the junk!

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I enjoy the summer Olympics. I especially like the shorter races and relays. You can take in all the action.

People seem to get faster every year.

It is not that I don’t enjoy the Marathon. I do. It is just a lot to take in and it humbles me to think that people are running over two dozen miles at a faster pace than I run one.

But here is the thing that all of these races have in common. At the end of the race when the contestants stand atop the platform to receive their medals, none of them bring the track with them.

Not a single runner even has even a yard or two of track with him. They left the track on the track.

You might think, “That’s crazy to think that a runner would carry around part of the track with him.”

The more practical among you have surely surmised that carrying the track with you is not only impractical but the Olympic officials will make your put it back.

Why am I reading this crazy article?

Who runs a race and carries around anything extra with him?

Who sets out on a journey and tries to take the road with her?

Really? That would be crazy!

Yet, we do it all the time.

We who know Christ and who claim to be a forgiven people sure carry around a lot of junk from our journey.

We need to get rid of that stuff and just focus on running our race.

We need to cast off anything that hinders.

We need to run the good race, fight the good fight, and keep the faith.

We don’t need to be dragging the track with us as we go to receive our crown of righteousness.

Our eyes are set on Jesus—the pioneer and perfecter, author and finisher of our faith.

Let’s jettison the junk today!

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