Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
Jesus has called you to run a race. It's a faith race. It's long-distance and multi-terrain.
And you've been trying to run but you're wondering why it's so hard. Why do you get winded so quickly? Why are others running at a faster pace? What's wrong?
Could it be that you're not taking this race seriously enough? You can tell by how much extra weight you're trying to run with.
An endurance race is hard enough when you're running light. But it’s far harder, and often impossible, if you're trying to run while lugging around extra stuff. Competitive long-distance runners lay aside everything except what's absolutely necessary.
That's what you need to do too. Because the stakes of winning or losing this race are far higher than an Olympic marathon.
Winning your race is going to require intentionality, focus, and training.
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]