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. Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
It’s all marked out for you. What’s all marked out for me? The race that I want you to run is all marked out for you. It is? Yes, it is, that’s what I just said. What do you mean by that? You know who you are following, don’t you? Yes, I am following you. You’re not following the world and its values? No, I am not. If you are following me what will you be doing? I will be keeping my eyes on you. I will be depending on you instead of relying on my own wisdom and insight. I want to go where you guide me and do all that you ask for me. I want to do what pleases you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I want my life to be a tool in your hand. In every way I want to know and do your will. That will be very good. You are not in this race running alone. You have others that are running right alongside you. Do you know why that is important? I can give and receive encouragement as I keeping on running the race marked out for me. When others are tempted to quit the race and give up I will be there to encourage them. When others are weary and worn out I will be there to encourage them to keep moving forward with you. Yes, you can and yes you will. As you encourage and strengthen others you yourself will be encouraged and strengthened. You have others that have gone before who have completed their race. They are waiting for you at the finish line. Do you know why this is important? If I become discouraged I will know that others have run well and completed their race. If I become weary I will know that others have kept running well right up to the finish line. Yes, and what else? Just as others have run well and kept running right up to the finish line, so will I. One day I want my life to serve as a witness that others can be encouraged by. I want my life to help cheer others on as they run the race that you have marked out for them. Keep following me. Keep your eyes fixed on me. Then you will run well and finish your race. Who else will be waiting for you at the finish line? Who else will be praying for you and giving you strength as you run your race? You are at the finish line. You are praying for me. You will give me strength to run. My eyes will be fixed on your as I run the race that you have laid out for me. Run well. Run with my strength in you. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, all the witnesses that have gone before me or are now beside me give me great encouragement to run the race you have marked out for me. I will throw off anything that hinders my running. I will fix my eyes on you as you lead me to the finish line. Amen
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