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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

– Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

Today’s commentary by Corinne Baur, RRCA Running Coach and author of Running by THE BOOK.

Perseverance is steadfastly, patiently, holding fast to our faith in Christ through the life course God set for us. As our gaze is fixed on Jesus’ plan, we move forward at a pace that allows us to stay within Christ’s reach, sustaining us to our finish line. Even through our struggles that may cause us to hit the wall, His strength pushes us through tough times. Relying on God’s strength, we cast aside sins and keep running the race. That is the perseverance that will get us to the only finish line that really matters.

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