Hebrews 12:1-4 (NIV)

Life is filled with things that can distract us and get us off track.  It might be busyness or allowing good things, things that are second best to take the highest place in our lives and crowd out what is truly best.  Success can cloud our judgment and distract us from the highest good.  Still yet, hardship and suffering can overwhelm us and at times lead us in to the valley of bitterness.

What do we do?  The writer of Hebrews reminds the we have a cheering section of God’s people, “we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…”    Next he encourages us to run our own race of faith “with perseverance.”  God has it “marked out for us.”

But the most important thing for us is to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”  Jesus has already run the race of faith through the mountain tops of joy and the deepest valleys of suffering and pain.  He has promised to run with us and lead us; “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20).

Let us think about our focus in life.  Are we out of focus and missing the presence of Jesus?  Or do we have our sights fixed upon the Lord?