The Long Road
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.—Hebrews 12:1-4
There are moments we discover that life's road is long. "Long" of course, meaning that the choices we've made and the pain we feel have now made each and every decision challenging. The weight of this will often bear us down and make days feel like years and weeks feel like decades. Often we don't know how to dig ourselves out or if we'll be able to endure one more day.
But we can! We can if we "consider Him." Christ endured a lot, as a man in the same flesh that we dorn. He endured the cross and with it personal physical pain that may be more than most men will ever endure—even to the point of shedding blood. But on his long road, he did what every man needs to do. He despised the shame and kept his vision set, laying aside every weight, and running as many have before—even a great cloud of witnesses.
So today, fellas, don't give up. Many parts of the road will be long—very long. But you never walk it alone. Christ has walked it to. So hang in and do the next right thing, and run with the greats and the One who is Greatest
PRAY THIS: God, help me walk this road.