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Friday, July 31, 2015

Think About It

Anchors Away
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

I took my sailboat out recently and we had pulled into a small cove and put the anchor down. After about an hour, I raised the main sail and took off down the lake. As we skimmed across the water I happened to look behind me and quickly realized I had never taken up the anchor. Oops! Although no damage was done I can only imagine what would have happened if the anchor had caught on to something in the water. Funny how we can be weighted down with things, like I was with the anchor, and sail through life as if they weren’t even there.

Many people are passing through life with anchors. Anchors associated with loss, grief, anger, disappointment, failed relationships and a host of other things. Rather than deal with them, they stuff them and they become anchors. We often think that we’re doing okay because we’re so accustom to the anchor that we forget that it’s there. Sometimes something happen that causes the anchor to catch and we crash. We don’t know how or why but we find ourselves in a dark place and it takes forever to get back up.

I don’t know why we tend to stuff things rather than deal with them. Perhaps it’s because we don’t feel we have time and that we’ll come back to it, but we never do. Someone shared with me the other day that they’ve just now started to deal with some of their childhood traumas. They had no idea how much it was affecting them as an adult until they started the process. Many decisions and feelings are the direct result of how we’ve learned to respond, which are not always healthy.

The writer of Hebrews stated …”let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us”, (Hebrews 12:1). Simply, this means to strip off the anchors that we’ve been carrying. You’ll be surprised how freeing it is. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

People say too often that we have to "Deal with loss, grief, anger, disappointment, failed relationships and a host of other things." How does one "DEAL" with something? Do they set it aside and continue on? Do they drag that anchor along behind? Of course they do. It's the only thing you can do. I have lost many people to death. I have taken peoples lives whilst in the military. I have been disappointed lied to and hurt by loved ones. That pain never goes away or gets better. You have to just pick up the load and soldier on as best you can. When you don't "DEAL" you are paralyzed from continuing on. But if you set it aside, or drag it behind, or carry it with you. You are indeed dealing with it. Sometimes there is no STRIPPING OFF THE ANCHOR" And of course these hurts will affect your life. Or cause you to make different decisions than maybe you would have had you not been hurt. But is that not part of the learning process, and does not our experiences good or bad shape who we are? You just have to accept that some things can not be changed. They are what they are. You can't dwell on it or it will make you insane. So you set it aside, drag it with you, or carry it on your back . And keep moving on. And there is nothing wrong with doing that. And no one has the right to tell you how to carry that load. Or say that you are not "DEALING" with it. Just because you do not handle something the way someone else thinks you should, or as others would does not mean you are not "DEALING" with it. As long as you are living your life as best you can, and moving forward. You are doing just fine. And do not let anyone tell you different.

Anonymous said...

Also it's ok to "Crash" to stumble, or to buckle under the weight of the pack. It is a heavy burden to bare. As long as we continue to get back up.