Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
I've been reading through Hebrews and got caught up with the first 17 verses of chapter 12.
-the race is not of our own choosing, but God's (set before us)
-in order to run properly, we must lay aside that which hinders us...
I pulled out a piece of paper and wrote down all the things that hinder me, but I can't answer that question for you.
What hinders you? What is the race that God has you running with endurance? What does looking to Jesus look like for you today?
We need a clear picture of who God is and what He is like because what we think about God affects every area of our lives.