A small flame

A small flame

when you're done before the race is

Persevere: to persist in a state, enterprise or undertaking in spite of counter-influences, opposition, or discouragement.

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 perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Hebrews 12:1-2}

When your heart is weary and your spirit screams for a break . . . when your soul-legs are so tired that you honestly aren't sure if you can take another step . . . when life narrows until all you can focus on is the words you keep muttering to yourself: 'one more step . . . one more step'.

Remember Jesus

who, for the joy set before him
- the joy of being in God's presence again, of being re-united with His Father - endured.

We can only imagine what it will be like to be in the presence of the Father, but the Son knew first-hand what it was like to spend time in God's company. And, having experienced that joy, the Son was motivated to go through hell - literally - for the prize of experiencing that joy again. That must be some pretty amazing joy!

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
- Psalm 16:11

So when our second wind is all used up and still the road stretches in front of us, farther than we can see, can we trust the echos that drift back to us from the One who has already finished the race? Can we orient our hearts to the heart of Jesus so that we value the joy of being united with our Abba enough to make it worth all the hardship we must run through to get to His presence?

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.- Hebrews 12:3

Over the years, I have heard my sweet hubby teach and pray this passage many times. I am indebted to him for helping me sort out these ideas.


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