Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV:  “…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.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”

It was hard for him to put his finger on it, but somewhere along the way, Tom’s childlike faith began to fade. The change had occurred over years, but suddenly it appeared as different as night is to day. Once vibrant and passionate about Jesus, he now was simply going through the motions. He did not know how it happened—he only knew he wanted that simple child-like faith to return. Tom’s story is all too familiar to so many of us. We’ve been there before, or may even be there now. Like Tom, we wonder what happened, and when exactly things began to change. It might be described like eyes that have been in the Light, readjusting to the dark. And that darkness, we need not think of only as sin, but also as the cares of this life that take our eyes off of where they belong. The solution seems difficult, but God is ready to help us to overcome. We simply have to throw off everything that hinders and put our eyes on Jesus. The rest, as it were, will come.