Lately I have been doing a little bit of running.
The new Riverwalk area in Rock Hill is now littered with my sweat, but thankfully no blood or tears. Yet. As I run, I’m searching for the next mile marker. They cannot come fast enough. I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I make my goal.
While not a great runner, I do know that certain things can weigh you down and drag down your performance. Like baggy blue jeans and cowboy boots three times your size. In the race of life, as we run our course, we can also be weighed down.
The book of Hebrews exhorts us to run with patience the race that is before us. As we run, the goal we are to focus on is Jesus. We look toward Him and cast aside weights and sin that so easily knock us off track. Why, you may ask, do we focus on Him? It is because He had His goal before Him as He accomplished His work on the earth.
The Bible says that for the joy that was in front of Him, He endured the pain and shame of the cross. Whether we are running physically or spiritually, let us remember those who have run before us, especially our Lord.
Jerry Boyce is the youth pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Fort Mill. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.