Let Us Run With Endurance

Meditations in Motion

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.– Hebrews 12:1.

I have seen a lot of signs at races. Signs displayed by spectators motivate runners, they entertain us, and make the miles go by faster.

Meditations in Motion

Meditations in Motion

Meditations in Motion

One of the race signs I have seen several times contains the last sentence of the verse from Hebrews above, “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

It’s the first part of the verse, however, that tells us exactly how to run with endurance. We need to let go of sin. Sin weights us down, trips us up, makes our legs and our heart heavy.

Theologians as disparate as Paul Tillich and Alister McGrath have described sin as separation or estrangement from ourselves, from each other, and from God.

Overcoming this estrangement is not possible to achieve by hard work, mental discipline, or perseverance. It is only possible through grace. Yes, grace allows us to throw off the weights and run free and with endurance.

There is a lot of sin in this world, alienation is rampant and detachment abounds. But there is more grace. Grace is everywhere. A profusion of grace, lavishly showered down on us every second of each day.

Grace enough to make us light, to allow us to run our races, to be free. What can we accomplish once we accept this grace? What is slowing us down today?

 

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49 comments

  1. Hopefully grace prevails in our days and never weighs down our hearts or makes us go forward with lead feet. P.S. – I also like the inspiration along the way as there is more of a feeling of camaraderie.

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      • Thank you Laurie – that made my day. I have had an ugly day weatherwise and computer wise. I am waiting on a personal visit from the computer guy who does not understand why I am “banned” or “blacklisted” from our site and after 3 hours yesterday said he must come here personally (and to deliver the new laptop). It is a torrential rain right now. My boss who is leaving for a week-long trip on Sunday is beside himself. So, this nice comment made my day. Turning on the news anymore is a real “downer” – you need to know what’s going on, but every day seems a little sadder and stranger.

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      • I am okay now – Comcast had an outage reported, but the computer tech and I believe they were doing maintenance … I am sure I wasn’t the only one to have that issue. That has never happened before and it was poorly timed due to my boss leaving early Sunday morning for a long-scheduled business trip and side trip to New Mexico (they have a little village near Albuquerque which is all art galleries … he likes abstract art and went back to look for some unusual items).

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  2. Sin, evil, error, separation, however it’s termed — it brings us so much pain because in our depths we know it’s the exception, the disruption, of the rule, which is grace, love, and light.

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  3. Laurie, this sentence will be in my thoughts today >> “Grace enough to make us light, to allow us to run our races, to be free.” His grace will help us run our race each and every day. Thank you!

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  4. One of my favorite verses. I love anything that talks about pressing on, running & finding strength, endurance… the perfect description of life.

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    • One of my favorites too. I think we retired teachers needed perseverance in our former jobs or we never would have been able to stay with it! 🙂

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  5. It’s lovely that people take the time to make the banners to encourage the runners, that’s such a sweet thing to do. I can’t run but I guess I could make an encouraging banner for the next race I hear of in my area.

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  6. His “grace” is just so thought provoking, isn’t it…our sin separates us from Him & yet He loves us so much… That He paid the price for our sin!
    When you sit & reflect upon this… it’s truly mind blowing!
    Great post Laurie.
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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  7. I like those different banners. I can see how that verse would be a popular one to use on banners. Our own personal races can certainly feel hard work and heavy at times and accepting that grace is not always easy to do even when we know it will make the race easier to run. #WotW

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  8. I love this verse! And I love the part about how sin weighs us down, so very true, but sometimes very hard to see. I am so very thankful for the big and wonderful shoulders of our Father who has endless grace! Thank goodness! I need plenty of it!

    Blessings and thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!

    Amy

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  9. It is so true Sin weighs us down and makes our hearts heavy, the different signs are great! Thank you for this post I enjoyed it and thank you for linking it up with #ABloggingGoodTime

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