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bootsI’m sporting a not-so-stylish accessory these days.

After spending the better part of 2013 searching for relief from my foot pain, I had surgery (Jan 9th). The first week was uncomfortable, but thankfully I’m on the mend and off my crutches.

The boot, I’m afraid, will be around a while.

It’s all-good and will be worth it when I’m back to exercising in the spring, hopefully without pain. In the meantime, I’m schlepping this crazy boot. Believe it or not, this thing preaches to me.

Heb 12-1b

This boot definitely HINDERS.

fracture bootI can’t bend my ankle, so I walk like Quasimodo. After only two weeks, I’m losing muscle tone in my calf. The weight of the boot makes my knee ache and feel like it’s hyperextending.

This physical hindrance makes me think of other hindrances I may be schlepping around. These spring to mind:

Mental and emotional – anxiety, wrong attitudes, fear, unforgiveness

Relational – unrealistic expectations, isolation, communication breakdown

Spiritual – stunted prayer life, misplaced priorities, being spiritually undisciplined with regard to stewardship, fasting, serving, Bible study, etc

It’s not time to throw off this physical hindrance, but it IS time to examine myself and see if I’m toting around some of these others. I want to “run with perseverance the race marked out for [me]” (Heb 12:1).

Every encumbered step reminds me that freedom awaits.

What about you? Did any of those hindrances ring true for you? Did anything else come to mind? I’m working on a project and would love your input!

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