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Focus Friday

“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

—Hebrews 12:2 

Hebrews 12:1–2 tells us, “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. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (NLT).

We need to cut loose any excess weight that will hurt us or slow us down. The key is keeping our eyes on Jesus. Then we won’t have to fear the passing of years. We can look forward to it because that means we are closer to eternity, to seeing the Lord.

If we run the race for others, we will be disappointed. If we put our eyes on people, they may let us down. And if we put our eyes on the world, it can discourage us and overwhelm us.

Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, and we will make it. Run the race for Him. That is where we start, and that is where we end. 💕

Sarah Ann Simmons
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