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Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

March 20th, 2012 by Holly Hess

Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

By Holly Hess

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.  Hebrews 12: 3.

I’ve always wanted to be a runner.  I watch enviously as people run past my house with perfect form and long, smooth strides.  On paper, running sounds great.  It’s excellent and efficient exercise, it doesn’t cost much, and you can do it just about anywhere.  I tell myself these things and I get excited to start.  I lace up my running shoes and head out the door.  The problem is, I don’t seem to be designed for endurance.  As soon as I get started my lungs hurt, my knees ache and about two blocks into it, I’m ready to stop.  I quickly grow weary and lose heart.

In life, we are continually facing challenges that require patience, persistence, and a willingness to press on.  That’s true for all of us, including Jesus, who endured pain, fear, heartache, and uncertainty.

In Hebrews, we are reminded of the perfect example of Jesus, who came to show us the way.  It makes me think of the line from the song Jesus Loves Me that says, “They are weak but he is strong.”  During Lent, we acknowledge the strength and endurance of Jesus.

What gives you strength to go on when you are tempted to stop?  In those times when we can no longer draw from our own reserves, we are invited to turn to God through Jesus, who lovingly endured more than we could ever imagine.

For me, it’s running.  After years of running to the neighbor’s driveway and calling it quits, I’ve committed to sticking with it, step by step, block by block.  For you it might be something else.  What goals have you set for yourself and not attained?  What roadblocks are keeping you from living your best life?  What race have you started only to stop? Surely, if Jesus could hold up against all that he faced, we can show courage against our own challenges.

Each day is a new starting block in our lives, our relationships, our faith.  On your mark, get set, go.

 

God of Strength and Endurance,      

You sent your son as the truest example of endurance in faith and life.  Give me strength so that I do not lose heart or grow weary today.

Amen.

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