Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
My seven-year-old loves to start something. Be it baseball, karate, soccer...you name it he's all gung-ho about it, at first. He begins strong, excited, and ready to go, but by mid-season, he's ready to be done. He wants to quit. The easy thing would be to let him. I wouldn't have to listen to him whine, fake illness, or cry. But is letting him quit the right thing?
No. Quitting before he completes a committment doesn't teach him a thing. It lets his teammates and coaches down. It makes Mama and Daddy look like pushovers. Making him finish out the task builds his character and integrity. It also teaches him to make sure he really wants to do something before he committs himself to it.
I want the same to be said of me. I don't want to quit my race too soon. He has it all laid out for me. I want to finish and cross the finish line, running into the arms of my Jesus. I want to hear Him say, "Well done, my child, you have finished well." I will press on, head up, feet anchored to the path before me. I will not be a quitter.