Do you remember tying your shoes?
Especially when the shoestrings are too long. What do you do with the ends that dangle around threatening to trip you up? Remember the day you had to replace old laces? Go to the store and try to figure out the right size? Count the number of holes you have to fill… Look at the package for the right count. Make sure you have the right replacement strings. Too long… Too short… Just right!
What do you do with the old laces? They served you well. My pack rat mind immediately starts looking for alternate uses … I hate to throw anything away that might have potential future use!
This got me to thinking about dangling tasks. You know, those things at the edges of your life that have not yet been done, or totally completed and you simply do not want to get rid of the line item.
I say this and think about my storage closet, garage, tool box and all the other places that have old tasks dangling around.
Then I asked myself, “What if all this stuff is holding me down? Holding me back?” And I think about the writer of Hebrews (Paul?)….
As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. (Hebrews 12:1 GNB)
There are people watching us. How we do. What we do. And how committed we are to the role we play. Perhaps it’s sin (things at odds with God), or simply too much of this world and its stuff that we hang on too tightly. Maybe, even, it’s people. Jobs. Stuff.
Regardless. It’s our choice. We have to learn how to control our surroundings. Clear out the distractions. Cut loose the stuff. Get rid of everything that gets in the way. Then set off to finish the race triumphantly.
Go do it! Cut loose those dangling tasks!