...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus Hebrews 12: 1-2
God calls us to own our lives...to hug them to our breasts and to live them with all our hearts! No place do we see this truth more clearly than in the letter to the Hebrews, chapter 12.
Using the imagery of running, God says that now it's...
...our turn to run our lap in the race of faith!
And as we run, we each need to remember these truths:
1. I’m part of something bigger than myself.
Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us... Heb 11:1 - 12:1a
See the Hebrews 11 blog to meditate on this truth.
2. There are hindrances to my running.
...let us also lay aside every encumbrance [weight], and the sin which so easily entangles us... Heb 12: 1b
See Caught in the Web.
3. My lap is uniquely mine.
...and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us... Heb 12: 1c
For encouragement to be who God made you to be and stop comparing yourself to others or letting others deter you by their own insecurity, see: The Green-Eyed Monster and other Fruit Killers
We’re pilgrims on the journey Of the narrow road And those who’ve gone before us line the way Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace
Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses Let us run the race not only for the prize But as those who’ve gone before us Let us leave to those behind us The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives
Chorus Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful May the fire of our devotion light their way May the footprints that we leave Lead them to believe And the lives we live inspire them to obey Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone And our children sift through all we’ve left behind May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find