Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:3-4 (NIV®)
I have enjoyed running for the past 48 years. At the age of around 3, I starting running and I have been running since that day. At the age of 5 I had an accident that should have prevented me from ever running again. The doctors told me that I would never run again. After a major surgery and the removal of a portion of the bone in my right leg, I was able to walk and then a year later by God’s grace I was able to run again. I run because I enjoy running and because it was almost taken away by the injury. I promised God I would always run for him and to honor and glorify him if we would allow me to run again.
I read an article in a runner’s magazine about the lie of the first mile. The premise of the article was that during the first mile of a run, your body is going to give you all kinds of messages that you should quit: You’re too tired; you’re not getting enough oxygen, etc. In Hebrews 12:3-4 the author is telling us that we should consider the One who went ahead of us so that we don’t grow weary in our struggle against sin, because Jesus endured more than we are enduring. It doesn’t say that you’re not going to be tired; it says you should not give in to it. God will allow you to carry burdens and face opposition, but when we persevere we will grow in our knowledge and experience of His faithfulness. Keep running the race and trust the one who gave you the ability to run.
 
See you Wednesday for Bible Study at 6:00 PM
 
Secret word for the week is endurance.
 
BigStuf Deposits due this week
December 4 Bible Study 6:00 p.m.
December 11 Youth Christmas Dinner 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
December 18 Missions night 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
December 25 Merry Christmas No church activities