Keep on keeping on
1 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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I can remember when I could run; really run. At school I was fast. On one occasion as part of a relay race, the runner before me dropped the baton before the changeover. There was a lot of scrabbling about and by the time I got the baton, all the other teams were way ahead. I didn’t think about it; I just ran – fast. And then I realised I had won the race.
These days, I couldn’t run the length of myself, never mind win a relay. Sore knees have seen to that. But I know Lord, Your Spirit has given me a different kind of stamina. I can plod. I might not get anywhere very fast, but I keep on going. And I can only do this because I know You are with me, giving me the strength to keep on keeping on.
Lord Jesus, You didn’t give up, that week before the first Easter Day, even though the Cross lay ahead of You. You knew the joy which awaited You on the other side. And one day, I’ll leave aching bones behind, and everything else that pulls me back, and I’ll be with You. Then I won’t just plod, but I’ll run again with joy in my heart. Thank You Lord Jesus.