"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...." NIV
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us..." KJV
If we are honest with ourselves, we can identify people, activities, and things in our lives that hinder us, worry us, or get us tangled up in distraction. Our walk with the Lord is the most strongly affected by these things. Rather than make New Year's resolutions that will generally last about a week, this is a good time to let go of people and things that have a negative pull on our lives and hinder our walk with God. If we do so, we can run the race set before us with patience and endurance so that we will win the prize of a God-lived life with crowns to lay at His feet.
Heavenly Father, we thank You and praise You for the lives You have given us. Help us to search our own lives and to let go of people, activities, and other things that hinder our walk with You. Help us to look toward Your Son, Jesus Christ so that we will run the course right into His arms. In His name we pray, Amen.