“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses (i.e. EVERYONE AROUND YOU DAILY!) to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people, then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.” -Hebrews 12: 1-5
“When we face hardship and discouragement, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. But we’re not alone; there is help. Many have already made it through life, enduring far more difficult circumstances than we have experienced. Suffering is the training ground for Christian maturity. It develops our patience and makes our final victory sweet.”
Though storms, darkness, trials, struggles, (insert hardship here) are constantly in our lives, we must endure to the end and keep our eyes on the prize. I don’t know that I could keep my focus there if they were nailing my hands and feet to a cross…if they were stabbing me and beating me and whipping me with the lash…if they placed a crown of thorns on my head…if the weight of EVERY sin that HAS EVER BEEN or EVER WILL BE were placed squarely on my shoulders.
Yes, my daughter is no longer physically here. Yes, I miss her terribly every day. Yes, it hurts me to the very core of my being. Yet, if my eyes are zeroed in on Him, I will run the race until I cross the finish line and see her again.
Could you endure the cross?