Have you ever been to a nice hotel, the kind where they open the door for you and offer to carry your bags? It's nice, isn't it? I was reminded of the service the bellman provides when I was reading 1 Peter 5:7 in the Barclay's translation. It says, "Bring all your worries to him to carry for you, for he is always concerned about you."
In these upscale hotels, the bellman is consistently there waiting for the guests to arrive so he can assist them with their luggage. However, when the guest enters the hotel, the bellman doesn't automatically take their bags from them. He asks them first and then waits for their response because not everyone wants his assistance.
It's the same way with God. He's always there, ready and willing to help us with our baggage, but He won't automatically take it from us or force us to give it to Him. He too is waiting for our response. Once we agree and hand over the stuff that is weighing us down, we are then freed up to do other things, like accomplishing the assignments He's given us!
You might say "Well I don't want to think of God as a bellman who is at my service" but in this scripture, that is what He is asking us to do. He instructs us to bring all of our worries (a.k.a. baggage, heavy things, stuff trying to weigh us down) to Him so He can carry them for us because He is always wanting to help us!
Try it today, and see for yourself how much easier it is to run your race without the extra load.