August 16

Hebrews 12:1-2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…” vs. 1

It’s hard to overestimate the influence of those believers who have walked in the way of faith before us. Sometimes it’s fathers and mothers who have brought us to worship and lovingly taught us to pray. We see the way they live and make decisions on the direction of our lives based on their experiences. As we grow in years and our horizons expand we’re touched by the witness of prophets and teachers and often adopt their ideas our own. Through time all those influences are foundational in developing our own peculiar sets of beliefs. We are who we are because of those who have gone before us! And now we’re the ones carrying the torch in the great race of life. If we value the faith they’ve passed on we will honor them by living according to its principles. The writer of Hebrews advised his readers to lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely. While that may seem like a tall order and an impossible task, it’s not! As we use God’s gift of forgiveness, we can be daily restored and live as God desires…and be significant influencers for generations to come!

Thought for the Day: Who was the greatest influence in my life?

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