“[God Disciplines His Sons] 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.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Now here's another verse that brings us such good advice and yet there is perhaps a stumbling block as well. Those who know me will know I am not exactly built for running races so suggesting that I run the race with perseverance doesn't quite work.
The good thing of course is that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses that is even greater than when this verse was written.
It is of course not so easy to throw off the things that hinder us and the sin that so easily entangles - we are after all mere humans who live in the world with all its temptations.
But let's try with the help of the cloud of witnesses to at least walk the race with perseverance so that we may one day enter in to the joy of the Lord and hear those words ' well done thou good and faithful servant'.