Michel: Lifting weights? – Try dropping them

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 11, 2020

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There was this time I had a trainer at the gym…

Just when I became accustomed to using the treadmill, I was introduced to weights. The trainer handed me a five-pound weight and I quickly informed him that I needed something a little lighter.

“Do you want three pounds?” he asked.

“Well, actually, at home I use cans of soup.”

“Oh, really,” he said, without even trying to prevent a snicker. “If you don’t have soup, what do you use, pencils?”

I laughed and tried the weights.

At the gym, the stronger you are, the more weight you can lift, and the longer you can carry that weight. However, spiritually speaking, I believe that our strength is determined by how quickly we drop weights.

What are spiritual weights? They can be sins, worries, fears, burdens, or anything that distracts us from the presence of God. We aren’t supposed to carry these weights around. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Ready for a little exercise? Let’s flex our spiritual muscles and drop some weights. Lay aside the sins that are blocking your blessings. Take the burden of finances off your back and trust Jesus. Stop worrying and start praising God for His great and precious promises. Continue to pray with faith and thanksgiving to the God Who cannot fail.


Ronny Michel can be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com