Lay Aside Every Encumbrance

Bay to Breakers is a bizarre race that is held every year in San Francisco (on the third Sunday in May).  It is a USA Track & Field Certified 12k Race, complete with prize funds (like $30,000 to the winner!).  It has run every year for 100 years.  The name comes from the fact that it starts at the San Francisco Bay (i.e. Bay) and runs across the peninsula to the shore-line of the ocean (i.e. Breakers). It is wildly popular, with more than 100,000 people running the race some years. None of these things make it bizarre. What makes it bizarre is that many people often come in costumes (or none at all).  The costumes often inhibit their running (most end up walking). As it turns out, the race often is a big excuse for a party.

I cannot help but to think of Hebrews 12:1, which tells us to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Are you running to win? (1 Corinthians 9:24). Or, are you around merely for the party?

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