A question in my mind and Hebrews 12:1 have converged recently to badger me. They've gotten stuck in my craw, I guess.
The question is, Are some of my pursuits/interests dampening my affections for Christ? Are there some things that, by spending the amount of time on them that I do, actually serve to throw cold water on my enthusiasm for the Lord?
Hebrews 12:1 goes, "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).
The phrase in that verse that gets me at the moment is "everything that hinders." I understand that to be the non-sin stuff, the amoral things, the things not necessarily good or bad, but they can nonetheless become hindrances.
What things might those be?