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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
You will need to show me that. I will need to show you what? That is a good question. Initially, I was thinking that you would need to show me one thing. Now, I think you need to show me several things. Let’s start with the first one. First, I need help to see anything that might hinder me from running well on the course that you have laid out for me. What do you have in mind? The phrasing of your question is interesting. Why is that? I’m sure that I have thought patterns that will hinder me from running well. It is my thoughts that will become my words. It is my thoughts and words that will dictate my actions. My thoughts and words and actions will define the kind of life I will live. If I hope to run well, my thoughts and words and actions will need to be in alignment with you. That is true. So, I will start by asking you to throw off any thought or word or action that will hinder me from running well on the course that you have laid out for me. That is a very good prayer to pray. That is a prayer that I will hear and answer. How do you suppose I will help you to have your thoughts and words and actions in alignment with mine? Well, you have given me some examples to follow. Tell me more about that. I have a great cloud of witnesses that surround me. What do you mean by that? Men and women of faith have gone before me. Men and women of faith are all around me. I can follow their example. I can do what they did. What did they do? They kept their heart and mind and life focused on you. Yes, they did. Will their example spur you on? Will their example encourage you to run strong and finish well in your race of faith? Yes, it will. So, I will ask you to help me to follow the examples of the great cloud of witness that have gone before me and are all around me right now. I will also ask you to help me to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you so I can run well and finish strong. Those are also good prayers to pray that I will hear and answer. Keep your heart and mind and life focused on me as you run the race I have set before you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, my eyes are on you. I will not look back or around. My entire focus will be on you. I will throw off anything that will hinder my running. Help me to run well the race you have marked out for me. I want to finish strong in the race you have given me to run. Amen
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