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Today I got to thinking about something due to the fact that a few of us started our own “Biggest Loser” challenge. I will apologize in advance should any of my thoughts offend. But it is just the way my mind worked today.

There are several ways to describe why we diet:

  • muffin top
  • love handles
  • spare tire
  • jelly rolls

Call it what you want, but I don’t want it any more 🙂 I want to feel better. I want to be able to move about better. It truly is not so much about how I look as it is about how I feel physically. I want to be healthier.

As I thought on this today, I realized that we can be weighted down spiritually as well.

“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.” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

We are told to “throw off”, get rid of anything that keeps us from moving forward in our life. Much the way that extra weight can keep us from moving about freely or effectively, sin can have much the same effect on us spiritually. The Message says it this way:

“Strip down, start running-and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.”

There we have it – no spiritual muffin tops! May we throw off anything that would hold us back. That would cause us to be ineffective, slowed down or unhealthy spiritually.

Ready. Set. Go!!!