Run With Endurance

1 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. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

Your best life is ahead of you, not behind you, so don’t look back, keep looking forward. Living in the past or yearning for the past disrupts your future. God has something better for you, but longing for familiarity, disobedience, and fear can disrupt this future.

There is a little phrase that plagues the whole human race, and that is “What if….” It’s so popular that Matthew West has a song called “What If.” What if I can’t? What if they laugh? What if I look foolish? What if I fail? What if… What if…

You cannot get to where God has for you if you are constantly looking backward. Stop thinking about the wrong decisions you have made in life. You can’t change them. Start thinking about the right decisions that you will make in your future. The past is dead and gone; the future is bright and promising in the LORD.

Here is the thing, if you try walking looking behind you, you cannot walk a straight line. You will stray. You will swerve off. Now look forward at a specific point and walk toward that point; you will be able to walk a straight line.

The bottom line is: As Christians, under no circumstances, are we to look back longingly. Under no circumstances are we to stop regretfully! We are to keep moving forward, not backward, but forward toward the prize that is before us. God has greater things than we can imagine in store for us; run toward those things. Now is not the time for stopping and resting. Now is the time for fighting for and running toward the prize.

LORD God, help me to run the race set before me. Help me to look forward instead of backward so that I might run a straight line to You. Please help me to give You my past so that I can receive my present and, one day, my future. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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