When we think of endurance we usually associate it with persisting through hardship, like the mindset of a marathon runner pushing through the pain to finish the race. In Hebrews 12:1- 3 we are encouraged to run with this kind of determination.
Our goal should be to remain faithful and obedient to Christ through every situation. This is possible because we know our suffering is temporary and we have an inheritance waiting for us in heaven. But in the meantime, we need the right attitude.
The writer of Hebrews commended the Christians for their joyful attitude. They didn’t enjoy the pain and hardship, but knew that it was all part of God’s plan for their good and ultimately they’d have a reward in heaven.
We, too, can endure hardship with joy in the Lord, who comforts and strengthens us through it and promises to bring us safely to glory.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:9-10)
Take the time, today, to encourage someone you know who may be going a tough time. Let them know that you are thinking of them and praying for them.
Mike and Daphne