Tuesday, November 20, 2018

From the Heart: Run With Endurance

Read Heb. 10:32-39

“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 endurance the race that is set before us.”

Heb. 12:1

I remember many years ago when I was ten or eleven years old. My dad decided to go fish gigging in a creek near where we lived. He said mom will take us down stream and drop us off and then meet us at the Fall Creek bridge in a couple of hours. Sounded like fun to my brother Bill and I, so dad let us tag along. Well mom dropped us off about dusty dark. Dad had a gig and a light. He gave Bill a gig and I got to carry the sack for the fish we would catch.

It was late spring and the water was still cold but we were prepared, or so we thought. When we first started it was kind of exciting, watching the fish trying to run and hide while dad was determined to spear them. The farther we went, the darker it got and my sack kept getting heavier. At one point I was so tired I could hardly keep up. But I was afraid to slow down thinking they might lose me in the dark. Our two-hour fishing trip turned into four and a half hours and when I finally saw the head lights on the truck and mom standing there waiting I had never been so glad of anything in my life.

Our spiritual journey through life can be a lot like that. When we first become a Christian we are so excited. We have that inner joy and a peace that only Christ can give. But as time goes on and the trials come, it gets harder and harder to stay focused on what really matters. Difficulties of all sorts must be overcome and dangers avoided. We aren’t sure what’s ahead, and we get weary and discouraged. The temptation is to collapse where we are and stop going forward. But the goal is always before us and the Bible tells us to “run with endurance.”

Let us all examine ourselves. Have we come to a standstill in our Christian life? Are we tired and discouraged? Have we stopped making progress? If so, I urge you, “Don’t Stop Now!” When you see those headlights in Heaven your joy will be complete.

I read a little poem not long ago by “HESS.” It went like this;

When the pathway seems long,

When temptation is strong,

When your strength’s almost gone,

That’s the time to press on.

PRAYER:

Thank you Father for loving us; for carrying our load when we are too weak to carry on. For being our God and holding up the light of heaven that we might see our way home.

In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

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