A LONG time ago, I used to run a lot. Sometimes it was because I was in a race, and other times, well, let’s just say I didn’t know how to keep my mouth shut. On some of those ‘unfortunate’ occasions when I as being chased, I ran has hard and fast as I could. Sometimes it was a group of bullies, other times it was one guy on a bike chasing me down, but I could run fast. I remember one particular time running so hard, but the guy was gaining ground, so I threw off my heavy backpack filled with school books, gym clothes, lunch container items, etc. I suddenly was able to run faster and made it to a house that had a ‘Block Parent’ sign in the window. (block parent was a special ‘Community Safety Program’ put in place so people/children in trouble could go to a ‘safe’ house when in trouble). That was a tough day, the bullies wrecked almost everything in my backpack, and I still had many lessons to learn in life!
Hebrews 12:2-3 (The message) It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.