Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Written by: Sarah Gauer
Have you ever watched a ballet dancer perform a series of seemingly endless sequential turns and wondered how they can do all those turns without falling over or getting dizzy?
To prevent dizziness and maintain their sense of direction, dancers use a technique called “spotting.” This means they try to hold their head in place and fix their eyes on a “view” or picture as their body turns. Once a dancer physically can’t keep their head in the same position, they quickly turn it around and try to see that same picture as before.
This image of a dancer intently holding their focus on a particular point is a beautiful picture of what the author of Hebrews was describing in this passage. We are encouraged to throw off everything that hinders us from running the race Jesus has marked out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Him.
Letting worry take over our thoughts is like a dancer forgetting to keep their eye on their spot. It hinders us. We become wobbly, losing our balance. We don’t have space in our minds to focus on both worry and Jesus at the same time.
Thought of the day: When you notice worry taking over your thoughts, remember the picture of a dancer quickly turning their head back to the view that keeps them steady, and turn your focus back to Jesus. Consciously choose to give your worries over to Him in prayer, trusting Him with the outcomes.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your love and care for me. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You, giving my worries over to You and trusting You with the outcomes. In Jesus’ name, amen.