Running with Endurance

The concept of running with endurance that's found in Hebrews 12:1 fascinates me. The idea that I must run with endurance? It gets to me. Especially those times when I really want to give up. Those times when I look over in the next lane and see my contemporaries and my classmates living "la vida loca" while I'm living my same old boring life. Everything looks better on the other side.

Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever looked at someone's life from the outside and thought, "Why is her life so easy? Why can't I have what she has?" Or, "What's he doing that I'm not?"

It's easy to look at someone from a distance and think everything is perfect, But the truth is, we don't see everything. We don't see that person crying out to God at night asking for the strength to endure. We don't see that person chastising themselves for their perceived flaws. Only God sees everything.

We all have days when we don't wanna get out of bed. Days when we are so bruised and battered by the events of our lives that we want a do-over. Days when we feel too burdened to even cry out to God for help. But here's the thing:

God knew that we would have these moments.

He knew that His children would lose heart and get discouraged. 

That's why He put these encouraging words in the Bible for us:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." (Hebrews 12:1 NLT) was born out of a need to remind Christians (including myself) that living a life for Christ is a race. It's not a sprint. It's more of a... marathon. We need to keep our eyes focused on the prize that we will receive when we successfully run our race. We need to remember that those stalwarts of faith that we read about were all human as we are, prone to sin and failings. Yet, by keeping their attention focused on Christ they were able to endure.

I encourage you to stop by this little space of the web when you are seeking encouragement to run your race. Or if you have a word of encouragement you want to pass on. Let us be each other's cheerleaders in this race of faith.