“Why would I jog naked? I haven’t reached the resolution weight goals I made three weeks ago. HOLD UP, I would never jog naked,” you may be saying.
What if I used the word unhindered rather than naked? What then? Let’s break it down while we peel off some layers.
Discard Unnecessary Apparel
I hike in the coastal mountains near my home with a friend on a weekly basis. Since we set out early in the day, we wear layers of mismatched clothes. After we pass through the cool pockets in the shadowed nooks of the hills, we huff and puff our way up hill. We only pause our constant flow of conversation to catch our breath, or ogle a chartreuse banana slug in the understory.
Of course we never sweat, we glisten. And when we emerge from the forested path to views submerged in warm sunlight, it’s time to expose the lower layers.
Strip down, start running, and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. -Hebrews 12:1 (MSG)
Off come the dangling accoutrements. Hats and habits that chafe. Scarves that constrict, shoes that blister.
The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer reminds us that what or whom we pursue is the true motivator. Sin will inhibit our progress, and worry will trip us up. But *seeking peace, and *striving for love is made easier when we bare our souls and run unconstrained.
*Psalm 34:4, *1 Corinthians 14:1