Long Distance Race

I like reading verses I know well from The Message. It sometimes makes a part stick out to me that I had previously paid little attention to. Other times, I just really like how it’s written.

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? 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. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

[Hebrews 12:1-3, The Message]

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2 thoughts on “Long Distance Race

  1. I find “The Message” stimulating and it causes me to think more clearly….really refreshing. Do you ever use the “Living Bible Translation”?
    It blesses me. Boston must have been great.

  2. Notice my correction….NEW LIVING TRANSLATION not LIVING BIBLE TRANSLATION! Living Bible is really Ken Taylor’s paraphrase.

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