The other day the kids and I were driving in the car over a hill. To our left, we saw a man on a bicycle pedaling towards us. He was pedaling uphill. As we got closer though, I noticed that he was trying to hold a cigarette in one hand and a soda in the other hand as well as hold onto the bike and pedal.
He was struggling. He was struggling to pedal up the hill and probably would have been struggling if he didn’t include the other factors of a cigarette and a soda; but with those additions it was extremely hard for him.
It made me think about how difficult some situations are in life. We are working hard to make it up that hill. Then we add unnecessary things that do nothing for us. We see those unnecessary things as instant gratification, so we try to make the trek holding onto things we should let go of.
These unnecessary things cause more trouble and we make our own climb even more difficult. What are you holding onto today that you can let go of?
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”
– Psalm 62:5 (NIV)
“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You will help me release all of the unnecessary worldly things that are weighing me down. Please help me to always see You in every situation, so that no matter what hill I am trying to climb, I am filled with You alone – your hope and your love. Show me now what things I need to let go of, including . . .”