The Example of Jesus
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
Today’s passage invites us to remember that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. This cloud includes figures like Abraham and Rahab, but it also includes our loved ones who helped to shape us in the faith. Find a picture of a loved one who is in the great cloud of witnesses. Think about their life. Think about their legacy. Think about the lessons you learned from them. As we continue to run this race, see them cheering you on in the stands of eternity. Let them be a reminder that we do not run alone, nor do we run in vain.
Reflection: What is the most important lesson I learned from their life and example? How does it help me continue to run with perseverance?