Drop the Weight to Run With Endurance

Weight hung around the shoulders of a runner I drove passed on my way to the gym with my daughter. My first thought was, you go girl. And you’re running with weight packs around your shoulders? Good for you!

Until I looked at her struggle in that vest under the oppressive heat. And realized so many of us do life like that. We live weighed down—as if it’s normal and commendable.

Now I understand why she ran with weight around her shoulders. She added a weight training element to her cardio because Lord knows us ladies need to maintain strong bones as we age.

But there’s a difference between running a few miles carrying weight and living years with stuff weighing you down morning, noon, and night.

It's hard to run your race carrying the weight of the world. There's nothing normal about living like this ladies.

…since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, … Hebrews 12:1, NKJV

Drop That Weight

So many of us women live plagued with guilt. Always feeling like we’re letting someone down. Am I a good enough daughter to my aging parents? Am I a good enough mother to my children? Have I been a good friend? Am I doing my best at work?

And all those questions swirling around in our minds every day are burdens because no matter how hard we try, it will never feel like enough. So, we’re left with an answer we don’t like, getting up the next day hoping to “do better” and change the answer.

But Paul’s answer to us women from the book of Hebrews is to drop all those questions. Drop that dead weight because it’s not making you better or stronger, it’s just tripping you up and wearing you down.

…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…Hebrews 12:2, NKJV

Look to Jesus

Your questions are noble but focusing on them makes it harder to run in the direction you should go.

Notice I said “should go” and not “want to go”. Because some of the weight we carry comes from comparing ourselves to each other. We’re on this earth to run different races and you’ll run yours better, looking straight ahead.

Looking straight ahead at what? Not what, who—JESUS.

He’s the one who gave you the faith to move closer to Mom and Dad as they age. Jesus is the one who gave you faith to become an intentional mom even though you didn’t have a loving example. He’s the one who gave you the faith to be vulnerable in friendship. Jesus is the one who gave you the faith to accept the promotion.

And like any good author, He finishes every story He starts!

Stop weighing yourself down with doubt and guilt. Drop the weight, put your faith in Jesus, and run your race with endurance.

Your part? Keep your eyes on Him. Trust Him. Faith is the muscle you need to work more than anything. Every time you depend on Jesus, your faith grows, and you recognize the grace He’s given you to do all He puts on your heart to do.

So, stop weighing yourself down with and guilt and self-doubt. You are enough because your faith is in Jesus and He is enough!


Weight training only works when you carry the weight temporarily.



Vanessa A. Harris, author of DADDY's Girl Forever and DADDY's Girl Forever The Devotional


VANESSA A. HARRIS is a blogger, designer of inspirational t-shirts, and the author of DADDY’s Girl Forever and its devotional. She’s a physician turned stay at home mom, who’s never lost her NY wit.  She needs it for the three inventive children she raises with her husband in Texas.

23 thoughts on “Drop the Weight to Run With Endurance

  1. The last sentence I think just changed my whole perspective on everything. I love this. Thank you ❤️

  2. Great comparison. Really got me thinking about all the times I carried weights around when I did not need to do it. I am learning to give them to God for Him to carry. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Yvonne. It’s so easy to find yourself carrying unnecessary baggage. The quicker we toss it to Jesus the better!

  3. What a motivating post! It provides such rest to know that I can keep my eyes fixed on Jesus despite everything else and He will give me the grace to complete what I need to do for His glory. 🙂 Thanks for this!

  4. Dear Vanessa!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in “Drop the Weight to Run with Endurance”.

    Yes, many live a life under heavy burdens as you saw with this runner, don’t they? I guess you’re right that we women are more plagued with guilt than men. It is actually a great habit to try to avoid that and believe that we do a great job instead.

    Your blog post reminded me of an essential aspect of Faith, namely that it’s closely related to habits. It’s something that becomes stronger the more it’s practised.

    Edna Davidsen

    1. It’s true, Edna. You don’t drop one habit until you replace it with a new one. Thanks for chiming in!

  5. Hi Vanessa, I like the reminder that Jesus always finishes what He starts! And that a lot of our weight can come from comparing ourselves to others and we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Lovely post- thank you!

    1. Hey Chip! Glad you found something to relate to in this. Way to try to connect with women😂

  6. Love this post! We carry so much around on ourselves–the weight of negative self-talk, the actual unfair judgments of others, our own expectations. I love the vivid imagery of the metaphor comparing us to runners weighed down with life. He is most certainly enough.

    1. Love, love, love how you capsulated it Nancy! You got in my head for sure…Jesus is most certainly enough❤️

  7. “Weight training only works when you carry the weight temporarily”… BOOM! For me, it was learning forgiveness which helped me drop some of my weights. It’s so easy to pick them back up again though.

    1. It is easy, Paul, especially if we rehearse the offense. We pick it right up again! Thanks for chiming in.

  8. Great message! I just had a conversation such as this with one of my clients today. Jesus is enough! I love the comparison you make, “there’s a difference between running a few miles carrying weight and living years with stuff weighing you down morning, noon, and night.” This is so true. We, especially women, can carry a lot more weight on our mind and soul than we were meant. I’m learning to only do what God has asked and nothing more. I find myself more joyful and thankful when I do. 🙂

    1. I completely agree Marcie! Thanks so much for sharing and I may need to pick your brain sometime about life coaching😉

  9. Wow “Weight training only works when you carry the weight temporarily.” this quote is so powerful! Totally agreed about keeping our eyes on Jesus.

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