“Ditch the dead weight” is the name of a book written by Mike Rolls. It tells the story of a sports-mad teenager who contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia on a footy trip. He narrowly escaped death but lost his right leg, half his left foot, two fingers, part of his nose and massive internal injuries. After a slow painful recovery and eight years of living with a leg that would never heal, Mike made the decision to ‘ditch the dead weight’ and have his remaining leg amputated. As a result, his whole life changed and the book goes on to describe how he viewed getting rid of ‘dead weight’ was not only about a useless leg but the addictions, unhealthy relationships, unfulfilling work, unhelpful attitudes in order to live a ‘healthy happy life’. He provides strategies for his readers as to how to identify ‘dead’ weight and how to deal with it.
This is a very inspiring and informative book, however I kept making connections to God’s perspective on this. The Bible is full of references to ‘ditch the dead weight’, handing it over to God. The difference however is that not only can we ‘ditch’ the things that are dragging us down but that God lifts us up, cares about us, strengthens us. WE don’t have to do it all, just hand it over and trust in God’s care and love.
- “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
- “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28).
- “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’” (Isaiah 41:13).
- “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6, 7).
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Mike Rolls talks about the importance of self-awareness and reflection. This is where the Holy Spirit can help us to identify ‘the dead weight which needs ditching’, as we are pretty good at hiding or even hanging on to the things which really do drag us down.
The reality is we all hang on to things in our lives which are nothing but dead weight: attitudes about ourselves, our situation and others, addictions, toxic relationships and more. God is waiting eagerly for us to not only ‘ditch’ but to lift us up, to refresh us, to reveal to us a whole new life we could have never imagined and to make us wonder why we didn’t do something about it a bit earlier.
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