“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, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This verse immediately follows the listing of the “faith hall of fame” listed in chapter 11 of Hebrews. Each of these individuals ran the race that was marked out for them. None of them were particularly noteworthy before they were called to the run the race, yet all of them became noteworthy for how they ran the race. Each faced things that were hinderances that could have easily entangled them. Some actually did become entangled, but nonetheless persevered and ultimately threw off the entanglement. None of us will run the race flawlessly, but we can look to the “clouds” for inspiration and encouragement.
My Advice – You might notice that the “great cloud of witnesses” includes many who are not singled out by name. But still “the world was not worthy of them.” We may not be called to run the same racecourse as they did. We do not know specifically what kind of race may be marked out for us. But we know who marked it out, and that should be enough. None of us will run the race flawlessly, but we can look to the “clouds” for inspiration and encouragement. And you may very well be that cloud for someone else. Run well, “[fight] the good fight…[finish] the race…[keep] the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:6–7, NIV 1984). It’s a marathon, not a sprint.