My memory verse for January is Hebrews 12:1-2, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”
I know this verse says “let us run” but how do we start? Starting can be a tough hurdle to jump. When I think of January I think about a time of fresh starts. Well, we’re a few weeks in and the freshness is wearing off. Honestly, I haven’t stuck to all of my goals and we’re still in January. But, I’ve decided that it’s okay. See, God only wants our best. He asks for us to put in one hundred percent effort. Notice how this verse doesn’t say “let us run with perfection.” God already knows we could never reach perfection. He knows that we’re going to fall off track sometimes, so instead we’re called to run with endurance. He just wants us to stick to it. He wants us to stick to Him.
Proverbs 4:25-27 says, “Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.” I love this verse of encouragement. This is how we start running with endurance:
- We consider the path for our feet.
- We fix our gaze straight ahead.
First, we decide who we want to follow. If we want to follow Jesus then all of our ways will be established. We’ll have constant hope and security. Then we fix our gaze straight ahead. We follow Jesus with endurance not perfection. We’re always looking at Him by praying about everything, seeking Him through His Word, and by serving others.
Now, go kill this Tuesday!!