Published October 7, 2014

Shelia Shares....
"Shedding The Unnecessary"

As the pioneers traveled west in their Conestoga wagons (many made here in Lancaster County, PA), they started off with high hopes. They were excited. They were full of expectations. They were ready for their great adventure to begin.

But, it wasn't long until the journey got harder. As they traveled the rugged and rutted paths, the animals pulling the wagon struggled. The travelers began to question whether they should have brought along so many items with which to set up house at their destination.

As the difficult journey continued, decisions needed to be made as to what was essential. Items were tossed. It wasn't bad things which were dumped, perhaps a comfortable couch or a piano. It was whatever wasn't necessary for survival. In fact, when people died on the journey, they were buried along the way.

Today, we aren't traveling west, but we are traveling the road of life. Sometimes the going gets rough. Sometimes the path is narrow and winding with obstacles in our way.

What are we carrying that isn't essential? What are we carrying that is weighing us down? What is distracting us from doing our best for God? Do we do the good, while missing doing the best that God designed us to do? Do we do projects that others want us to do simply for that reason, rather than doing what God called us to do?

It isn't that we are doing bad things. It is simply that the "good" can consume our time and energy so we forfeit doing the "best."

Look at your life. Is there something or someone standing between you and God? Is there something or someone you need to leave behind so you can accomplish what God called you to do? If you think about it, you'll know.

- Shelia

"...Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..." (Hebrews 12:1b).
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