|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
WHAT'S SLOWING YOU DOWN?
“Let us strip off every weight that slows us down.”
The Bible says, “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” What's slowing you down, or tripping you up? In life you only get to run once, so run to win. To avoid stumbling and losing your place in the race, don't look back. You can't change the past but you can learn from it. Don't be anxious about the next lap, just focus on the next step. If you miss that, you may fall and not get up again. Keep going, and be- fore you know it you'll have more laps behind you than ahead of you. Make every one count. Many of us carry the weight and worry of burdens. But older and wiser people have come to understand their burdens are of no real importance. We waste our strength ex- tinguishing fires that if left alone would burn out on their own. Time is your most valuable resource. Save it, and you've increased your assets and decreased your liabilities. Travel light. Ditch the baggage of self-sabotaging habits and pointless fears. There are enough painful trials in life; why endure the ones you can “strip off”? When blind Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was within reach, he threw off his coat so it wouldn't trip him up, and ran to- ward Him. And his faith paid off: “Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus” (Mk 10:52 NKJV). You'll never know how successful you can be until you get rid of the
things that slow you down and trip you up.
Heb 12:1 NLT
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.