Would you lay down all that you are carrying that is not of me? The fears, the worries, the anxiety, the striving, the expectations, and the self-effort that wears you down and brings exhaustion. Would you lay these at my feet?
The surrendering of self often means just letting go of the habits and the choices that you’ve always done. Give these to me as I can then give you my peace, my joy, my perspective, my ability, and my thoughts. Allow me to fill your life with the things that bring unending health to your mind, your will, and your emotions. I have more for you than you can imagine; let me give you gifts that will inspire, delight, and revitalise your heart.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.