Endurance > Energy and Enthusiasm

“…let us run with endurance…”

According to Merriam-Webster, endurance means:

1. Permanence, duration

2. The ability to withstand hardship or adversity especially the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity

3. The act or instance of enduring or suffering

Sometimes we find ourselves worn out physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. These are the days when endurance becomes important.

I can’t say that I’ve endured when everything in life is going my way. When my schedule is clear, when my family is happy and taken care of, when things in general are falling into place I can’t say I’ve been running with endurance.

Today I’m not feeling very energetic. Energetic is not the same thing as endurance.

I can endure without feeling energetic.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”

Hebrews 12:1

What is ensnaring me?

Sometimes we get held down by sin in our life. It may be my pride that keeps me from moving forward. It may be the unforgiveness or jealousy that weighs so heavily on my spirit that all positive emotions are smothered. My sin holds me back.

However, it isn’t always sin holding me back. Just as frequently it’s a weight I’m choosing to carry. A job I’m holding on to that I should’ve let go a long time a go. A calling I won’t answer because of fear. Thoughts I’ve allowed to define me even though they are far from the truth.

We need to get rid of the dead weight we’re carrying around. Whether sin or just dead weight, it’s time to let it go.

Race in this context means conflict or struggle.

Do you have conflict or struggle?

I know I do.

Most of my life is amazingly great, but just like you I’m human and each day also comes with it’s own share of problems. Today my life was greatly blessed by the people in it. However the whole day was filled with struggle.

I’m considering writing this post endurance. I’m absolutely exhausted. I’m done. Tired. Wiped out. I have nothing left to give.

But I committed to blogging every day this month. And today is the 25th day of out 28 possible days.

I will not quit now.

I am not overflowing with enthusiasm and energy as I type tonight. I have little to no hope of inspiring the masses to make a huge change in the world based on this post.

However, if I can encourage one person to remember that when you make a commitment, especially a commitment to Christ, you should endure until the commitment is complete. When Jesus was on the cross He could have called ten thousand angels to remove Him and keep Him from that cruelty, but He endured until it was finished.

If Christ could love us enough to endure the pain of the cross, surely we can endure the conflict of every day life.

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