Anyone who struggles with perfectionism has a hard enjoying life. Whenever a flaw is discovered or exposed, energy is wasted to attack, purge and rid this. If more than one issue is uncovered at the same time, this can be devastating. Despite anal attempts to achieve perfection, its healthier to remove one obstacle at a time.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, Hebrews 12:1.
The context of the passage above occurs immediately following a chapter known as the Hall of Faith. The author lists saints from the Old Testament who accomplished great things by stepping out in faith. The witnesses are those believers who have finished the race called life and are now spectators cheering on those who follow God on. To reach similar heights requires removing access baggage which weighs you down.
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, Hebrews 12:5.
Nobody likes to be called out, corrected or rebuked, but sometimes this message is meant for our own good. As a former runner, if your mind is not into it, you won’t last long. Perseverance is only achieved after barriers are removed. To prevent yourself from having a nervous breakdown or becoming overwhelmed, strive to remove one obstacle at a time.
by Jay Mankus