To build on yesterday’s thoughts:

Look at 1 Thessalonians 1:2,3. We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Endurance inspired by hope. It sounds so poetic but when you really think about it what does endurance require? It requires a longterm commitment. A pushing of our limits. A conscious decision to keep going when the going gets tough.

Hebrews 12:1,2 cheers us on. “…Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with endurance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…”

This life adventure isn’t a sprint but a marathon. Endurance requires us to say no to the easy way out. But we know the struggle will be worth it. Because our hearts are fixed on Jesus.

Jesus. Is. Hope.

When we take our focus off of Him, we start to lose heart. We chase empty pursuits and our strength wanes. In short, we misplace our hope in things that cannot sustain us in the long run.

But Jesus. Is. Hope.

Nothing in this world can compare to the abundant life found in Him. He is our Sustainer and Endurance Giver. He’s our reward and biggest cheerleader.

May we fix our hearts on Him and allow his hope to carry us through.

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