above your fears into His peace and joy. You will discover His healing
for the pain from your trials and struggles. Refuse to remember your
shortcomings, and your mistakes. Refuse any feelings of failure, and the
hurt from the past. Trust only in Him.
Your life in Christ is a
race. It is a race that grows you into the discipleship He desires.
So..... "Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual
fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and
finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost
sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he
could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And
now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you
find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item
by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will
shoot adrenaline into your souls" (Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message).
What would you think of the runner who gave up when faced with the
first obstacle in a race? That hurdle is meant to give you a lift
upward... not pull you back. It is meant to inspire you to greater
Are you ready to really run your race? Will you move
forward, facing and springing over each obstacle with greater spiritual
growth? Or will you run and hide and never discover the power He wishes