You know you’re “out of shape” when:

you get winded just saying the words “5K run,”
you start running to get in shape, and decide the part of your body you should strengthen first is your sense of humor.

Heb 12:1-2
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In August/September of 490 BC, a runner named Pheidippides ran from the plains of Marathon to Athens.
His purpose was two-fold:
To tell the Athenians that a combined force had defeated the Persians in Marathon,
And, to warn them that the Persians were traveling around the cape to Athens.

BEFORE this, Pheidippides had run from Athens to Sparta (150 miles) asking for help in the battle.
THEN, he ran back to Athens (150 miles);
THEN, he ran to Marathon (26 miles) and participated in the battle!
THEN, he ran back to Athens (26 miles), arriving at the general assembly, announcing his purpose and collapsed in death.

Obviously, Pheidippides’ focus had to be totally upon his purpose.

Christian friends, we are in a “marathon” of life!

We have a tremendous purpose: to share the Gospel of Jesus with the world around us!

In this “race,” our focus must be solely upon “Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith!”

Let us indeed “lay aside” the weights of everyday life and keep our focus.
May we “lay aside” the sin of wavering faith, and remember our purpose.
And, may we “run with patience” – fortitude, diligence.

How are you doing in your “marathon?!”

Love ya!