“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. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2.
I read this passage I think about the long line of my ancestors who were believers and are now are in heaven cheering me on as I run this race of faith. I know they did a good job of passing along their faith to their children because I’m one of them. I was given the best start possible for this race because I was brought up in a Christian home with 2 faithful parents. They weren’t perfect but they were faithful all the way to the end of their lives. They ran with endurance, passing their faith on to the next generation.
If you weren’t brought up in a Christian home, you have the opportunity to be the start of a legacy just like the one that was given to me. We all have our place in the chain and we each just need to be faithful in passing it along. With God’s spirit alive within us, there never has to be an end to the chain.
I plan to keep my eyes on Jesus as I run this race with endurance . One day I will have the honor of joining the cloud of witnesses to cheer on the generations that come after me.
Are you with me?