Hebrews 12:1 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.
let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
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
disregarding its shame.
Now he is seated in the place of honor
beside God's throne.
3 Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people;
then you won't become weary and give up.
4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children?
"My child, don't make light of the LORD's discipline,
and don't give up when He corrects you.
6 For the LORD disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child."
you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as
his own children.
Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by
8 If God doesn't discipline you as he does
all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not
really his children at all.
9 Since we respected our
earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn't we submit even more to the
discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they
But God's discipline is always good for us,
so that we might
share in his holiness.
11 No discipline is enjoyable
while it is happening—it's painful!
But afterward there will be a
peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shakey legs.
13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who follow you,
though they are weak and lame,
will not stumble & fall
but will become strong.
I feel tired & shakey most days.
But I guess I don't have the choice to succumb.
much is at stake, too much to still be & do, too many depending on
God working through me to help them not stumble & fall.