Topic: Hebrews 12:1-3
Throughout a grueling 26.2-mile marathon, a runner's body goes through changes. He must fight any desire to run too fast early in the race. He must overcome muscle cramps and blisters. He must ignore the whispering voice mid-way through the race that says, "You've already done a great job. Everyone is impressed that you even got this far. Why don't you just quit now?"
With every step, the runner reaffirms his decision to keep going and move closer to the finish line. His eyes are on the goal. He will not be distracted or denied. This is endurance.
To endure doesn't mean to sit back, take it easy, or look for a way out. Endurance also doesn't mean casually accepting a setback and quitting the race early. Instead, it implies "staying power." This involves the commitment to do whatever it takes to win. It involves pushing through obstacles and overcoming hindrances, one step at a time, as you keep moving. Endurance means you won't quit until you have achieved victory.
We should keep this image in mind as we read the challenge in Hebrews 12:1: "lay aside every encumbrance ... [and] run with endurance the race that is set before us." One who endures says, "Whatever it takes, Lord, I'm going to get there. I will not give up. I will not step off Your path until You've brought me to the finish line."
Do you believe the goals God has given you are worth the effort? Then run toward them with endurance.