Shedding the Pounds

“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.” Hebrews 12:1

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I’ve been getting ready for my annual stroll on the Appalachian Trail. I’ll be leaving on Monday with my son Micah for North Carolina where we’ll spend a few days getting a great work out and thoroughly enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I can hardly concentrate on work right now – I am so anxious to go! I love the woods, the mountains, the fresh air – I feel a special connection to my God in this setting – no doubt that my sacred pathway is nature! (Check out: http://www.sacchurch.org/action-steps/sacred_pathways.htm – I also highly recommend the book Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas.)

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One of the obsessions of any backpacker is to shed whatever weight you possibly can from your pack. My goal is to carry no more than 30 pounds with me. That means that anything that is not absolutely essential gets left behind. No bible – I just copy one page out of it to read over and over again (Romans 12 this year!), count out the estimated number of sheets of needed toilet paper (yeah, too much information – sorry!), all food out of it’s original packaging now placed in storage bags, toothbrush cut in half and only two shirts and two pairs of socks to alternate for the week – same shorts every day! (Yes – we will smell like goats by the time we get off the trail).

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Getting rid of unnecessary weight is a spiritual principle as well. We are instructed to get rid of the things in our life that our slowing us down in our pursuit of God. We need to take the time to brutally and honestly assess what things in our life are non-essential – even harmful – to our spiritual growth. What you throw out of your pack might be different than what I get rid of – the key is what slows YOU down? Watching too much TV? Too much time on the internet? Excessive devotion to sports? A bad habit like smoking or over eating? Impulse buying / buying lottery tickets? The list could go on and on…

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When I return I’ll share a bit about our adventure along with a photo or two…

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Peace,
?Dave

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