Running is not my thing. I would much rather ride my mountain bike. For those that run, they will tell you about the runner’s high. It is the feeling you get when you hit your rhythm, and you feel like you have tons of energy. That is what the author of Hebrews tells the Jewish disciples since we have had so many great come before us, in this race of life run with endurance.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”
Elite marathoners run with very little clothing on their bodies. They obsess over the weight of their shoes because they know any extra weight will weigh them down. The same is true for Christians. We can’t be encumbered with the worries of this world or entangled in sin. We need to be lean and light to reach the finish line. If you are light on motivation, look to those who have run before you.
We all know those who appear to be on the sidelines of life. It can be for several reasons. Some are injured from others’ hurtful words, and some have just given up because it is too hard. For those who have given up, there is one common trait. They are more concerned about the things of their life than they are running the race. The weight of it all hasn’t gotten to be too much, and they just stopped.
Run with Endurance
You need to have an athlete’s mentality and focus as a disciple of Jesus. They visualize the race in their minds before they run it to prepare for the challenges. As a disciple, you need to picture that finish line, prepare yourself for everything between that and the finish line, and then make necessary preparations. The race isn’t a sprint but a marathon. Run with endurance in the race of life.