I know that most of you will agree when I say that it is so hard to balance life here on earth and maintain an eternal perspective. It’s like having one foot on a crap patty and the other on streets of gold. Some of you know what I mean.
Ever tried to rub the mess away without losing your footing in heavenly places?
Yeah, me too. It was an epic fail on my part. Yuck!!!
How about if we, instead of looking at our “Oh craps!”, fix our eyes on Jesus? What if we just kept running towards him? Think how much easier that would be.
Jesus is truly the leader and perfecter of our faith. He ran the race, enduring shame with joy, before he sat down at the right hand of GOD. The Word says that if we consider Jesus, we won’t become weary and lose heart. I believe Hebrews 12:1-3 from the Amplified version is worthy of meditation. So I am sharing it.
Read it slowly and meditate on these verses.
I hope they encourage you like they have encouraged me today.
“12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.”