….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, Hebrews 12:1
At the end of each day my husband would empty his pockets of loose change into this change tray. This was his daily standard. The next day, he would put some of the change back into his pockets to use, but not all of it because the change was heavy. It had extra weight that he didn’t want to carry around all day and it was easier not to have it jingling in his pockets. When this tray was filled, he would transfer the change into a larger container. If he had continued to add the change to his pockets, the coins would have overflowed the pockets, become unsightly and bulky, and the extra weight could have caused holes.
Pocket change is defined as a small or insignificant amount of currency. Everyday, we should unload all of the pocket change of life, the insignificant cares and problems that the enemy has sent our way, and roll the cares on Jesus. We can make them insignificant and small by not meditating on them. The more we ponder the problems, the larger they become. The cares begin to weigh you down, make life too heavy, and become bulky and unsightly. Eventually the holes they produce allow the entrance of our adversary that comes to steal, kill, and destroy with sin, sickness, and lack. When we cast the cares on Jesus, it is like taking the change out of the small tray, putting it in the large container and taking it to the bank. Jesus takes the cares of life and reposition them for our good and His glory.
So, at the close of the day, we should empty our minds of the things, thoughts, and feelings that have burdened us. We should do what the scripture admonishes us and lay aside, get rid of the things, weights, cares, worries, and sins that come to make us fall. When we do, we can navigate and run the race of life easier, faster and unencumbered.
Harriet Noel Jones