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(24 May 2017)

What kind of sports do you like? Are you a rugby or soccer fan? Or maybe you prefer tennis or cricket.

I enjoy watching international cycling. The Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espaņa keep me riveted in front of the TV. 

The first couple of stages of a cycling tour is usually flat and fast, followed by the mountain stages. The mountains are huge and usually very steep, so the stages are slower. Some of the cyclists battle to get to the top, especially when there are three or four mountains to conquer during a stage. Every time I watch the cyclists struggle up a mountain, I am struck by the fact that they don't give up. Their faces tell the story of the pain they suffer, but they just keep riding until they reach the finish line. And tomorrow they will do the exact same thing... again. 

How's that for endurance!

In His Word, the Lord talks to us about endurance.

In Hebrews 12:1-2 we find this instruction: "
...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...."

The Lord instructs and encourages us to keep going, to run our race with endurance.

We do this by fixing our eyes firmly on the Lord Jesus. We make sure we spend time in the Word each day. We pray and obey the Lord instructions as He gives it in His Word. 

Maybe you are like one of those cyclists, struggling up a mountain. Don't give up, not even when it gets real hard. Keep going. Keep looking to the Lord for strength and help. Run the race with endurance. 

You will reach the finish line if you don't give up.

And you will be able to say, "I've finished the race. I ran with endurance, and I'm ready to receive the prize!"

May the Lord strengthen us to run our race with endurance!