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Thoughts on Running with Endurance
"Let us run with endurance the race set before us" (Heb. 12:1). The Greek word used here for "endurance" (hypomonē), means the steady determination to keep going, regardless of the temptation to slow down or give up. After years of running the race--and running hard most of the time--I am tempted to slow down and give up. But I am reminded there is a reward waiting at the finish line, and like Paul, I want to finish well. Do you want to finish well? Then commit to running with "endurance" the race God has set before you!
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4) I must admit, the title of this article reflects the way I felt last Monday. It’s amazing the difference a week can make. Last Monday, I was ready to throw in the proverbial towel. Life was hitting me from all directions—family responsibilities, work responsibilities, trying to rear my boy to love Jesus, and personal health challenges. The “good fight of faith,” aka the “Fight for Joy,” just wasn’t in me. I definitely needed an extra measure of God’s sufficient grace.
We all encounter problems, or what the Bible calls trials or tribulation. Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation.” (John 16:33) In other words, Jesus was testifying to the fact that in this life we will encounter much difficulty.
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