Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.Hebrews 12:1-3
I looked at my watch and saw I had just under a mile to go. Taking a couple of deep breaths, I pushed it up a gear, determined to finish strong.
I was pushing it much harder than I usually would, what is called a ‘kick’ in running circles. I was tired but determined not to slow down. As I came around the corner into the finishing chute, I saw the finish line, right about the time I had the thought, ‘oh you need to slow down.’ One last push, I picked up the pace even more and crossed the line in a record time for me (coming 9thin my age category!). As I grabbed a medal, I was breathing very hard. I had run much harder than usual, determined to not give up, to do my best.
I want to take the same attitude to my faith, my life. When life gets tough, rather than reduce how much I pray, how much I read the Bible and intentionally serve Him, I want to ‘kick’ my faith. That is, spend moretime praying, reading and serving.
This Holy Wednesday, my attention is drawn to Jesus who, ‘endured such hostility against himself from sinners’, who never gave up so that we might experience intimacy with the Lord. Take a moment to reflect on Jesus being hung on the cross for you and I. Allow the enormity to impact you. Pray for renewed faith.