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KEY #4: WE MUST SET ASIDE ANYTHING THAT IS WEIGHING US DOWN

Scripture: HEBREWS 12:1 a , b

ILLUSTRATION: One of the things I love about LINDA is her adventurous spirit. And when she is not in COURT one of Linda’s favorite activities is BACKPACKING.

Any time LINDA packs her GEAR to get ready for one of her BACKPACKING trips, her goal is to pack as LIGHTLY as

possible.

You see, the name of the game when it comes to

BACKPACKING is “survival” not comfort or convenience.

This means Linda has to leave behind a lot of things that might make her backpacking trip more comfortable.

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    For example, A NICE, FIRM TWIN-SIZED MATTRESS sure would be comfortable to sleep on after a long day of hiking, but it would be far too cumbersome to carry that mattress all day long up and down rugged terrain, so Linda packs an ultra- thin lightweight bed roll instead.

*A BIG, FLUFFY PILLOW would also be nice, but it would be too bulky, so Linda carries a tiny little pillow that weighs about 4 ounces.

*And it sure would be great to have all kinds of FOOD and SNACKS to eat, but those things add a lot of weight to the backpack, so Linda takes just the bare necessities in the way of food to keep her energy level up.

You see if Linda is going to complete her journey she needs to leave behind anything that might weigh her down .

1. As Christians we are on a rugged journey. As the song says, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.”

And while we are on this journey between here and our eternal home you and I are going to pass through some very PERILOUS TERRAIN.

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